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james keiken

Deputy Director, National Fallen Firefighter Foundation

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Jim Keiken joined IFSI in 2013 to serve as the Assistant Director for Firefighting Programs. In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Director. In his role he is responsible for overseeing the management of all firefighting programs, and Regional Representatives. His oversight covers the Cornerstone Program, and program areas for fire officer, wildland, liquid propane (LP), investigation, agriculture, and on-campus firefighter training. Jim also provides strategic leadership and will directly oversee the Annual Fire College, Explorer-Cadet school and Winter Fire School.

Jim comes from Wisconsin where he was Assistant Fire Chief of Administration and Operations for the City of Madison Fire Department. Before taking on his latest role with the Madison Fire Department, he served as Assistant Fire Chief of Personnel, Planning and Training with the department for eight years. Since 2010, he also served as a Health Technician/Paramedic for the Wisconsin-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which is part of the National Disaster Medical System. In all, Jim has more than 33 years of experience in firefighting and emergency medical services.

Jim completed the Executive Fire Officer program from the National Fire Academy and achieved Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is also a Member Institution of Fire Engineers. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Masters of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
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