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Retired Assistant Chief James Hodgens was a member of the FDNY for 38 years. Upon joining the New York City Fire Department as a Firefighter in 1981, to his most recent assignment as the Chief of Training for the FDNY, Hodgens served the Department and the citizens of New York in various roles throughout his career. While overseeing the FDNY’s Bureau of Training, Chief Hodgens was tasked with the responsibility for ensuring that all Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were trained to the highest standards and prepared to save the lives of New Yorkers.
Chief Hodgens has served on several committees representing the FDNY and the City of New York for both Emergency Planning and Preparedness as well as Code Compliance. As a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Preparedness Committee, Hodgens assisted in formulating a drill manual for high-rise buildings and building staff. Similarly, Hodgens served on the International Code Council (ICC) “Means of Egress Committee” in 2007 and 2010. This committee votes on key issues pertaining to both firefighter and occupant safety regarding egress from all buildings on an international, national and local level. Chief Hodgens also served as an instructor at the FDNY Battalion Chief’s Command Course in High Rise Operations and the newly adopted Building Inspection Safety Program (BISP).
James Hodgens received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He spent a year working on his Master’s Degree in School Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. Hodgens is a graduate of the FDNY West Point Joint Counter-Terrorism Training Initiative, the FDNY Columbia University Fire Officer’s Management Institute. In addition, Hodgens received a Certificate for Leadership from the Naval Post Graduate Program in Monterey, California.