After six months of serving in an interim capacity, James Duggan was named Tacoma’s fire chief today.
Duggan took the helm of the department in March after former chief Ronald Stephens retired. He previous spent six years as assistant fire chief and managed the Emergency Medical Services Division. His new position is effective immediately.
“I am confident Chief Duggan’s experience and leadership will help the Fire Department continue to provide the highest level of fire and emergency services to the citizens of Tacoma,” City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a statement.
Duggan has been with the department for 29 years and was the first medical services officer. He has also served as a fireboat pilot, paramedic supervisor and firefighter.