New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Director James W. Harrington

Past Chief James W. Harrington has been a member of the Gates Fire District for 44 years. He joined as a volunteer firefighter in 1974 and held numerous line officer positions, including volunteer fire chief from 1995-1996. Harrington then transitioned to the career fire chief’s position from 2005 until his retirement in January of 2018, serving as the first career fire chief of the department. Harrington’s career path in the fire service began in 1976 when he was appointed as a full-time fire dispatcher for the Gates Fire District. In 1981, he took a position with the Insurance Service Office (ISO). During his tenure with ISO, Harrington conducted numerous fire protection evaluations throughout the state of New York and also worked on special fire protection projects in Texas, California, and Florida. In 1999, Harrington was appointed to a position with Monroe Community College (MCC) as the program coordinator for fire protection systems at the Public Safety Training Facility. Harrington has also served as deputy fire marshal for the town of Gates, conducting fire inspections of public assembly properties in the community. He served as a deputy fire coordinator for Monroe County from 1998-2000. In addition, Harrington worked for the state of New York as a state fire instructor (SFI) for 16 years. He has instructed at Monroe Community College in the fire protection technology program, at the New York State Fire Academy, and at the National Fire Academy as an adjunct instructor. Harrington holds a bachelor of science degree in fire service administration from Empire State College. He is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Monroe County Fire Chiefs Association. A member of NYSAFC since 1986, Harrington served on the Conference Committee and Paid Officers Committee before joining the board of directors in 2013.