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Lives in:
Downingtown, PA
Upper Providence Township Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, administrative structure
Professional Qualifications:
MS, EFO, CFO, 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
Dan Kerrigan is a 33 year veteran of the fire service and co-author of the best selling book Firefighter Functional Fitness. 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 Fire Chief for Upper Providence Township Montgomery County PA, 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.
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“Only one quarter (27 percent) of fire departments have a basic firefighter fitness and health program, slightly down from 30 percent in 2010.” 

-NFPA Needs Assessment, 2015


27 percent


“…slightly down from 30 percent in 2010”




While it is doubtful that every single department in the country participated in this assessment…


Posted on May 9, 2018 at 1:20pm

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?…


Posted on February 24, 2017 at 8:00am

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…


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…


Posted on August 3, 2016 at 7:00am

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