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Why Bother?

 “You can do everything right on this job and still get killed.”~Captain Paddy Brown, FDNY He’s right.But would you ever stop learning, studying, training…being a student of our craft, because you can still get killed no matter what you do?  I certainly hope not.So if asked you: Is it ok to avoid maintaining your health and wellness because you may suffer a tragic health event anyway? What would you say?Any answer other than a resounding “NO!” would defy logic.  But here’s the thing—what are…See More
Feb 24
Dan Kerrigan posted a blog post

Core Principles—The Company Officer’s Role in Promoting Firefighter Fitness

It was an honor to have recently participated in the latest round of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Heart to Heart: Strategizing an Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Cardiac Disease and Death in the Fire Service initiative.  The meeting brought together fire service research scientists, fire service professionals, and marketing experts from across the country…See More
Oct 12, 2016
Dan Kerrigan posted a blog post

Firefighter Health and Fitness: Bridging the Gap between Agreement and Action

“We can’t be operationally effective without our health.”~Rommie Duckworth I am paraphrasing Chief Bobby Halton when I say that we will never be able to mitigate all of the risks we face as firefighters (and we should know and accept these risks before we take the oath).  As a firefighter, putting yourself in harm’s way to save another is not only something you agree to do, you will also take action if and when that moment comes.When it comes to firefighting, our passion for the job is usually…See More
Aug 3, 2016
Dan Kerrigan and Jack Sullivan are now friends
Mar 24, 2016
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The Fire Service Circle of Life

 A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves ~Lao Tzu Recently, a close friend and fire service brother posted an old picture of me on social media.  I was a young assistant chief acting as the operations officer on a residential structure fire.  When I saw the picture, I thought, “Where in the world did he come up with that picture?”  I mean, we didn’t even have digital photography back then!  I chuckled to…See More
Mar 22, 2016
Dan Kerrigan and Krista Sayeau are now friends
Jan 7, 2016
Dan Kerrigan posted a blog post

Commit to your Health in 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, it is a good time to ask yourself where you stand in terms of your personal attitude, accountability and the action you take on your own health and fitness.  As a member of the fire service, it is probably the one thing that you can improve upon on a personal level that has the most influence on every other part of your life and all of the people that are a part of it.Your impact is more powerful than you may think.  Every day, whether you are on duty or off, the…See More
Dec 30, 2015
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From Firefighter to Fire Chief: Hard Truths Everyone Needs to Know

Updated November 17, 2016I hope what you’re about to read upsets you.Annually, on average, there are between 80-100 line-of-duty-deaths (LODD).Annually, on average, approximately 50% of LODDs are due to sudden cardiac events (SCE).Annually, there are also between 800 and 900 non-fatal yet high-impact SCEs reported. This figure is believed to be drastically underreported (Smith, 2015).  According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (study period: 1994-2004), an average of…See More
Dec 16, 2015
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The Sport of Firefighting

Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work.~Vince Lombardi Firefighters are athletes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Specifically, we are tactical athletes. With that privilege comes a certain set of obligations – both mental and physical, which are similar to those of competitive athletes.…See More
Sep 22, 2015
Dan Kerrigan and James Johnson are now friends
Sep 3, 2015
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Inspire Fitness Success through Action

                         Photo courtesy of The First TwentyIf you think a personal…See More
Jul 31, 2015
Dan Kerrigan and The First Twenty are now friends
Jun 17, 2015
Dan Kerrigan posted a blog post

Fitness Success and International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the IAFC and NVFC, starts June 14 and runs through June 20, 2015. This year's theme, Creating a Culture of Safety, offers many opportunities for improvement from the community, department, and personal perspectives. Whether you take on a fitness challenge …See More
Jun 10, 2015
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Firefighter Health and Wellness: Setting the Right Example

                                                                                                      Courtesy: glengoschfitness.comA short while back, I posted a blog called The Undeniable…See More
Apr 21, 2015
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Firefighter Health and Wellness: Success Stories and More

A short while back, I posted a blog called…See More
Mar 26, 2015
Dan Kerrigan posted a blog post

Avoiding Firefighter Health and Wellness? What’s your Rationale?

For someone like me, it’s hard to fathom that anyone in the fire service could produce an argument against improving the health and fitness of firefighters. The statistics alone tell anyone that will listen it is the most significant barrier to reducing LODDs. Nevertheless, I understand that the issue, sadly, is more…See More
Mar 10, 2015

Profile Information

Lives in:
Coatesville, PA
Department:
East Whiteland Township FD
Title/rank:
Asst. Fire Marshal
Years of public service:
28
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, administrative structure
Professional Qualifications:
MS, EFO, CFPS, Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Arson Investigator, Haz Mat Incident Commander, ISO, Firefighter I, Pumper Driver/Operator, Fire Inspector II
Topics you provide training for:
All facets of firefighting and fire administration/leadership
Areas of expertise:
Health and Wellness, Leadership, Community Risk Reduction, Fireground Strategy and Tactics
Bio:
Dan Kerrigan is a 28 year veteran of the fire service, serving in positions from Firefighter through Deputy Fire Chief. His tenure includes time in volunteer, combination and career organizations of varying size and complexity, and it includes significant experience in operations, administration, risk reduction, health and wellness, emergency management, research, training, and professional development.

Currently Assistant Fire Marshal/Deputy Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator (rank equivalent Asst. Chief) for East Whiteland Township, he is also active in a number of organizations including the Southeastern PA Regional Fire Task Force, where he serves as an Operations Deputy Leader for the Chester County Fire Task Force.

Kerrigan earned his graduate degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Community and Human Services from Empire State College and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association.

Kerrigan completed his Executive Fire Officer studies at the National Fire Academy in July, 2014. He is an Adjunct Professor at Anna Maria College (MA) and Immaculata University (PA) where he facilitates undergraduate and graduate course in Fire Administration, Emergency Management and Public Policy. He has also developed curriculum for the Emergency Management Program at Immaculata University. As a strong believer of applied fire service research, he is adept at solving difficult organizational challenges.

Kerrigan is a PA State and NFA online Instructor and is qualified to instruct a wide range of fire service and leadership topics. A driven innovator with a proven track record of progressive organizational change, he is passionate about risk reduction in the community as well as in the operational and occupational aspects of the fire service. A strong advocate of firefighter health and wellness, he frequently researches and writes on the subject.

Dan Kerrigan's Blog

Why Bother?

 

“You can do everything right on this job and still get killed.”

~Captain Paddy Brown, FDNY

 

He’s right.

But would you ever stop learning, studying, training…being a student of our craft, because you can still get killed no matter what you do?  I certainly hope not.

So if asked you: Is it ok to avoid maintaining your health and wellness because you may suffer a tragic health event anyway?…

Continue

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 7:00am

Core Principles—The Company Officer’s Role in Promoting Firefighter Fitness

It was an honor to have recently participated in the latest round of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Heart to Heart: Strategizing an Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Cardiac Disease and Death in the Fire Service initiative.  The meeting brought together fire service research scientists, fire service professionals, and marketing experts from…

Continue

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 7:00am

Firefighter Health and Fitness: Bridging the Gap between Agreement and Action

“We can’t be operationally effective without our health.”

~Rommie Duckworth

 

I am paraphrasing Chief Bobby Halton when I say that we will never be able to mitigate all of the risks we face as firefighters (and we should know and accept these risks before we take the oath).  As a firefighter, putting yourself in harm’s way to save another is not only something you…

Continue

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 7:00am

The Fire Service Circle of Life

 

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves ~Lao Tzu



Recently, a close friend and fire service brother posted an old picture of me on social media.  I was a young assistant chief acting as the operations officer on a residential structure fire.  When I saw the picture, I thought, “Where in the world did he come up with that…

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Posted on March 22, 2016 at 11:00am

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