James Dean Large
Fire ChiefJames Dean Large joined St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue in 1974 and was appointed Chief in 2006. As chief, he oversees the 355 employees in the Fire Administration, Prevention, Operations, Rescue, Emergency Management, and Training Departments.
Chief Large graduated with honors with two associate's degrees in Fire Science (suppression and prevention), has a bachelor's with distinction in Organizational Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a graduate of the Eckerd College Management Development Institute's Leadership Development Program and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Pete Program. He has completed six courses of study at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and holds state certifications as a Firefighter, an Emergency Medical Technician, and a Fire Safety Inspector. He holds the National Fire Protection Association's certification as a Certified Fire Protection Specialists (CFPS). The Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation has designated Chief Large as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO). He has received plaques of appreciation for his role as president of Tampa Bay Fire Marshals Association and the Chair of the 2003 Leadership St. Pete Class.
Chief Large currently serves on the board of directors for the St. Petersburg Municipal Employees Credit Union, and is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, and Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association. He is a past board member of the Police Athletic League and the Pinellas County Construction and Licensing Board and served on the planning committee for Leadership St. Pete from 2000 through 2004.