Jim O’Connor has been with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue for 16 years. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee in support of the Army Special Forces. He then went on to obtain his BS in Business Administration.
Jim’s professional background includes communications sales and sales management as well as a professional trainer and training consultant for Motorola. Jim trained employees, as well as public safety agencies and federal government military bases, on radio communications systems and 911 dispatch centers. He was also a consultant for Motorola in developing emergency communications plans for these same customers.
Jim has an extensive career in boating and boat handling. He is a retired coxswain in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was qualified to work on Coast Guard boats. Jim also worked as a chief engineer on a 90’s commercial fishing boat. He was a boat captain delivering 180’ yachts up and down the West coast and was a charter captain for a local yacht charter company. After being asked to write the specifications for a new Marine Search and Rescue boat for NWFR and because of his life-long boating and training experience Jim became interested in and joined NWFR to be part of the MSAR program. He has since become a firefighter, EMT and Captain of Fire Stations 23 and 24 as well as Captain of the MSAR program. Jim is also certified as a Fire Investigator.
Division Chief of Special Operations