Jim Hewitt joined Lakeland Fire Department in 2002, where he served as a firefighter for nine years. He finished his paramedic training in 2006 and, five years later, in 2011, was promoted to the role of Lieutenant. Jim has served as Lieutenant for ten years before serving as Rescue Captain. After a brief time as Rescue Captain, Jim was then promoted to Battalion Chief.
Jim is a City of Lakeland native, graduated from Polk State College with an Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He maintains several certifications to include Paramedic, Instructor, Inspector, and Fire Officer 1 & 2. Jim is part of Lakeland Fire Department's Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) division and the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) division and has been a dedicated and reliable educator in these areas for many years.