Fire Chief Jay Cullinan: Spotsylvania Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management
Chief Jay Cullinan began his fire service career at the age of 16 in 1992, serving as a volunteer in nearby Goochland County. Hired as a firefighter by Spotsylvania County in 1996, he has progressed through the ranks and was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in April of 2017.
Chief Cullinan is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing, and is a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Fire Service Executive Development Institute.
He has earned an associate’s degree in Fire Science through J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science through University of Maryland University College, and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. Chief Cullinan is a past president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, and currently serves as the Virginia Director for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.