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James Makarius

Picture of James MakariusJames is the Evening Fire Safety Supervisor in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. James was one of two Port Jefferson Fire Department Chiefs who were credited with rescuing a nun from a fire on January 11, 2009. James responded, while off duty and at home on a Sunday evening, to a reported fire at the Daughters of Wisdom convent at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. James, who is currently a First Assistant Chief with the Port Jefferson Fire Department, was the first to arrive on the scene. He was advised by St. Charles Security that there was one person still inside the burning building on the second floor. James recalled thinking, "We had to do something quickly, the fire was getting worse and a quick response was needed." After advising all units that there was a victim inside, James geared up and entered the burning building to begin a search with their Third Assistant Chief. James was the first to ascend the smoky stairwell where he located the victim and carried her down to the lower landing. He was then assisted by the other chief to carry her out of the burning building. "Went in on pure instinct and got her out of there." Although she was breathing on her own and alert, they provided her oxygen and covered her with warm blankets. As the Incident Commander of the scene, Jim requested an ambulance from Port Jefferson Ambulance and Terryville Fire Department. Terryville’s ambulance transported the victim to Stony Brook University Medical Center. The next morning the fire department received a report that she was in stable condition with smoke inhalation and minor burns.

James has over 16 years of experience in the Port Jefferson Fire Department where he currently holds the rank of First Assistant Chief and has multiple certifications including EMT, Firefighter I and II, Motor Pump Operator, Volunteer Emergency Service Management, Heavy Rescue I and II, Fire Officer Development, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue Operations, Water Rescue Technician, and Ice Rescue. James received Top Ten Responder Award from the fire department, 10 years in a row (1993 - 2003)!

James was hired as a Fire Marshal in November 2005 and promoted to the Evening Fire Safety Supervisor in April 2008. James supervises our new round-the-clock (24/7) Fire Marshal program. The new program was established in the fall of 2007 to assure a quick and effective response to fires, fire alarms and other emergencies on campus, communications and coordination of response by the local fire departments, and implementation of a comprehensive fire prevention and protection program in Campus Residences. James supervises a staff of six Fire Marshals, who provide evening and shift coverage. In addition to responding to emergencies, the Fire Marshals perform fire safety inspections, conduct fire drills and perform tests on fire protection systems. James is a NYS certified Code Enforcement Official and a Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Technician.

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