Chief James Harmes has served 36 years in the fire service, 27 of those as fire chief. He is chief of the Grand Blanc (Mich.) Fire Department, where he has served for 18 years. The IAFC President 2006-2007, he has served on the Professional Development, Arson and Program committees. He is past president of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Michigan Urban Search and Rescue Organzation. Harmes holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program.