An Open Conversation with Deputy Chief John Sullivan

May 3, 2017. Deputy Chief John Sullivan has been on the Worcester Fire Department for 28 years, advancing through the ranks to the current position of Deputy Chief of Operations. Deputy Chief Sullivan has received an Associates degree and Bachelors degree in Fire Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer graduate and a designated Chief Fire Officer by the Institute of Fire Engineers, United States Branch. He also serves on the Editorial Board as a contributing editor of FireRescue magazine and has consulted on several projects with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Deputy Chief Sullivan’s responsibility include the oversight of all suppression and hazard mitigation functions of the Worcester Fire Department, including direct oversight of 350+ uniformed line firefighters. The WFD maintains 13 Engine companies 7 Ladder companies and 1 Heavy Rescue in 10 stations. They respond to approximately 31,000 calls each year.

This is the fourth of five interactive seminars that will emphasize the idea of “Constant Vigilance” by improving your departments response capabilities through various means. Using real-world experience to illustrate the lessons learned from 30+ years of experience in the 2nd largest city in New England, Chief Sullivan will once again demonstrate the need for continued evaluation of fire ground practices and the necessity of developing Standard Operating Guidelines to augment experience. Together with realistic scenario based training and simulation, today’s fire officer can develop his/her decision-making ability by doing and not just through theoretical application. Come be part of this thought-provoking look into your organizations future.  Attendance in all five seminars is not required. March 29th from 0900-1600

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