James "Jim" Cole

Fire Operations
Title: Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations
Phone: 919-697-1199

Chief Cole came to the Durham Fire Department in 1999. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Science in Executive Fire Leadership and Disaster Preparedness.  He is certified as a Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Structural Collapse Technician, and Paramedic. Chief Cole became a Battalion Chief in 2016, Division Chief in 2018, and Deputy Chief in 2023.


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