Fire Chief

Scarsdale Fire Department

Chief James E. Seymour IV began his fire service career as a volunteer with the City of Peekskill Fire Department in 1995 at the age of eighteen. He was hired by the City of Peekskill as a career firefighter in 2001 serving with Peekskill until transferring to the Village of Scarsdale Fire Department in 2004.

During his tenure with the Scarsdale Fire Department he has served as Firefighter, Captain and Municipal Training Officer, before being promoted to Fire Chief in July 2016.

Chief Seymour worked as a County Fire Instructor with the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 2003 until 2016, and returned in 2021. He has also worked as a State Fire Instructor with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control since 2007. In each of those capacities Chief Seymour has taught and trained countless career and volunteer firefighters within Westchester County and throughout New York State. 

Chief Seymour is a member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and a member of the Westchester County Career Fire Chief’s Association. He has been married to his wife Jean since 2002 and is the proud father of daughters Vanessa and Samantha.