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Lives in:
Long Beach NY
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
40 on July 13, 2010
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training a young department
Topics you provide training for:
Training for company and chief officers on promotion and refresher training
Areas of expertise:
Utility Emergencies
Scenario Training
Curriculum Development
Battalion Chief Frank Montagna is a thirty-nine-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, his last twenty two years spent as a chief officer. He is currently assigned to the Departments Bureau Of Training and is responsible for Curriculum and Officer Development as well as Course Administration. Montagna, a nationally certified Level II instructor, holds a Bachelor of Fire Science Degree from John Jay College where he has taught various fire related courses and is currently teaching a course based on his book, RESPONDING TO ‘ROUTINE’ EMERGENCIES.

Trained by the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a carbon monoxide response instructor, he has lectured extensively in the US and Canada on the topic. Chief Montagna gives seminars on firefighting related topics for fire departments around the country and is a regular speaker at Fire Engineering Magazine’s Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis. Montagna is part of the team creating Fire Engineering's on line fire simulations.

Chief Montagna has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering, WNYF and FIRESCUE INTERACTIVE Magazines. His Book RESPONDING TO ‘ROUTINE’ EMERGENCIES and the recently published companion workbook are on the Pennwell Publishing Best Seller List. Excerpts from the book are posted on Chief Montagna’s web site,
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Routine Response College Course

I am teaching a 3 credit undergraduate college course for John Jay College. It is based on my book "Responding to Routine emergencies". The official title of the course is "Utility Emergencies and the Fire Service". It is being taught at the New York City Fire Academy on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. I am also teaching an on-line version of the class. The official title of the course is FIS 293. If you are interested in taking the course go to John Jay college's website at… Continue

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 8:41am

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At 2:04pm on March 9, 2011, Jim McD said…

Great Job with the new Sim for the attached flat roof row frame. We have combined it with a powerpoint based question and answer program that seems to work well.

Stay safe

At 3:12pm on September 13, 2010, nick calise said…
Chief Montagna I am an insurance investigator. We are working on a case, civil case, and we need an expert witness to testify. Our defense attorneys are interested in you. Please contact me at 516-458-4913 or by e-mail, thank you, nick calise
At 2:10pm on March 28, 2010, Sydney Henry, Jr. said…
I'm new to; it appears to be a great site for training. This June I'm going to the NYS Fire Academy, Montour Falls to take the Fire Instructor I course. Looking forward to it.
At 1:20pm on February 26, 2010, Louis Vicelli said…
Great info found there. I'll pass along to our department. Thanks-Be safe.
At 10:16am on February 26, 2010, Frank Montagna said…
I am glad you enjoyed the class. I very much enjoyed it myself and was pleased to be presenting to such an attentive group. I would like to hear about any interesting "routine responses" that you get involved it.
Train to stay safe,
At 11:33pm on February 24, 2010, Joe Pantaleo said…
Chief, enjoyed your talk on "routine" emergencies the other day in St. Charles IL. Thanks for coming out! Made me think back about calls I've been on, and will change the way I go on calls in the future. Thanks you.
At 11:16am on October 7, 2009, Rick Fritz said…
The new Basics book looks great!
At 1:39pm on May 23, 2009, Todd McKee said…
Dear Friend,

Please allow me to invite you to the group called HazMat Placards to Success. This group will allow firefighters to discuss a step by step process for a Hazardous Materials response. From the firefighter to the hazmat technician. The first step has been posted in the group, with many more steps to come.

Thank you!
Todd McKee
At 2:32pm on November 24, 2008, Barry Aptt said…
I have never been. If I can scrounge the money, i'll do my best to get there. it's one of my goals in life.
At 8:46am on November 23, 2008, Barry Aptt said…

Glad to see you one here. I have seen you lecutre numerous times and have always come away a little smarter. Thanks for the work you have done.

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