Chief Jim Pigg's BIO

Fire and Ocean Rescue Chief James L Pigg

Chief Pigg was appointed as Fire and Ocean Rescue Chief for the City of South Padre Island on December 30, 2019. He is also the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. 

Chief Pigg has been a member of the South Padre Island Fire Department since July 15, 2005 when he was hired as a firefighter/EMT. He has also been a member of the South Padre Island Ocean Rescue and Beach Patrol since its inception in 2008 and has been a resident of South Padre since April, 2001. Chief Pigg started the Junior Lifeguard program in the summer of 2018 and has watched its numbers grow each year. 

Chief Pigg holds the following degrees and certificates:

  • Associates degree of Fire Science from Weatherford College
  • Associates degree of Fire Administration from Weatherford College
  • Master Structure Firefighter through Texas Commission on Fire Protection 
  • Emergency Medical Technician B
  • National Fire Academy/ Fire Service Financial Management
  • National Fire Academy/ Management and Planning Specialized Operations
  • Master/ Instructor Scuba Diver NAUI
  • 50 Ton Captain License