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Chief Anthony Kelleher
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  • Hyattsville, MD
  • United States
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Lives in:
Landover, Maryland
Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 33
Chief of Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is one of, if not the busiest 100% Volunteer fire department in the United States of America. This style of staffing regiment has been in-place since 1995, due to budgetary cuts within County Government. In the past 18-years, this busy company has not failed to respond nor go out the door understaffed. Responding to over 6000 runs per-year. To include approximately 100 working structural fires and 70 vehicular accidents with entrapment.

Some of the top issues faced by my membership and I are staffing (recruitment/retention), continued positive morale, training and of course funding.
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer IV
Fire Service Instructor
Misc. Other Certifications
Topics you provide training for:
- Thinking "Outside The Box"
- Combat Ready Firefighting
- Leadership/Officer Development
- Morale/In-house Development
- Incident Command
- Engine Company Operations (Advanced)
- Truck Company Operations
- Building Construction
- Volunteer Fire Service Recruitment/Retention/Mgmt.
Areas of expertise:
Street smart, outside the box, combat ready firefighting... Ridding the fire service of complacency... Keeping good traditions alive!
Tony Kelleher has been in the fire service for 18 years. He is currently the Chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, a Division Chief in Prince George’s County, Md and a Technician (Wagon Driver) with the District of Columbia Fire Department assigned to Engine Co. 4. Previously he served as a Career Firefighter, Technician and Lieutenant in Virginia with the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Department. With this diverse array of field experiences, he brings knowledge to students from all aspects of operations; ranging from volunteer to career and urban to rural.

From youth, his ambition was to become a fireman. In his desire to learn, he has spent most of his life gathering knowledge and experience from many great firemen. Some of his biggest lessons learned are: the street smart approach, outside the box thinking, and upholding the pride and valuable traditions within our unique culture.

For over a decade, he has worked and instructed for Traditions Training, LLC. In 2013, he presented "Combat Ready Firefighting" at FDIC Indianapolis.
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Chief Anthony Kelleher's Blog


The fire service is a unique place to say the least. Right or wrong, from the moment you walk in the doors of the firehouse or training academy you are being judged. Not just because it’s the fire service, but because it’s human nature. Now, don’t get me wrong, as a new person in the…


Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:54am — 2 Comments


Units from my department and other companies in Prince George's County, Maryland responded to this second alarm fire last week. It involved a strip of two-story, attached, ordinary constructed, garden style apartment buildings.

Companies on the initial alarm had a well…


Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:16am


Firefighter/Technician Steve Brookbank, (Air Unit No. 1, Wash. DC) sent these two photographs in. This standpipe configuration is located on the upper floors of a high rise building. 

The photograph on the left is…


Posted on September 6, 2013 at 11:00am

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