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Lives in:
Toms River, NJ
Kearny Fire Department
Deputy Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Tour Commander, Training
Professional Qualifications:
Level 2 Fire Instructor, grant writer, fire service author.
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Team Building, Officer Development, Fireground Command, and Customer Service.

I am the author of Step Up and Lead and co-author of "Fireground Operational Guides". I'm also co-creator of (a website providing FREE training and tips for career and volunteer firefighters. We cover a variety of topics for everyone from probationary firefighters, to aspiring officers, and leaders of all ranks.
Areas of expertise:
Leadership, Team Building, Officer Development, and Customer Service.
I am the author of 6 books including 'Step Up and Lead' and 'Common Valor: True Stories from New Jersey's Bravest'. I am an FDIC instructor and keynote speaker who provides specialized leadership and officer development training for organizations throughout the country. You can reach me through email: or cell: 973-981-1505
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At 8:34pm on March 20, 2012, Mirel O said…

Va multumim pentru bun venit, cu nerăbdare să citesc articole şi schimbul de opiniile dumneavoastră.

At 6:16pm on November 16, 2011, Ned Hickson said…

Great to meet you, Frank — I look forward to reading your books!

At 12:27pm on September 27, 2011, Tom Brown said…

Hey thanks


At 12:53pm on September 12, 2011, Jeremy Richardson said…

Hi Frank,


Thank you for the invite. I have a ton of questions about grant writing. My Dept Chief has just put me in charge of researching grants for our department and I don't even know where to start. Any advice would be very helpful.



At 3:30pm on August 25, 2011, Gary Schlotterbeck said…
Thanks Frank for the invite. Years ago my "day job" was driving 18 wheelers and I've been to and through Kearny many times. I'm originally from Hagerstown Maryland, and served in the combination department there. My service goes back to the old "tailboard riding, cast iron lunged, leather headed kick the door down and get after it days" Thankfully I've learned a few things since then; mainly due to guys like you from larger departments who takes the time to share their experiences with guys from a small six company combination department like me. Thanks again Frank!!!
At 6:52pm on July 12, 2011, William L.Tanks said…

Hello Frank,

Glad to be your be your brother. I have intentionally avoided establishing a facebook account because I rarely have time to do web based socializing. I consider this...however networking and I honored to be a part of the community.  We will talk shop in the near future.



At 6:54am on May 18, 2011, Brian Jones said…

Thanks for the invite Chief, its a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to chatting with you soon.

Stay Safe

Brian Jones

Captain, Carlisle FD

At 8:29pm on May 10, 2011, Frandinata said…
Hello, nice to meet u, Sir.
At 11:48am on February 3, 2011, Kevin M. Fitzhenry said…
Yes, it has been a long time. Things are going well in Bayonne. Maybe, next time I am in the area, I will stop by.  
At 7:16pm on September 4, 2010, Bob Lindsay said…
It has been awhile since I was in Kearney

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Common Valor: Lessons Learned

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Here is an excerpt from my newly released book, "Common Valor: True Stories from America's Braves, Volume 1" 


     Mike was working as…


Posted on April 19, 2018 at 2:44pm

Problems are Opportunities

     Every adversity you and the team you are leading will ever encounter is either a problem or an opportunity. Although one might think there are many different variables that would distinguish one from the other, there is really only one difference between the two – YOUR ATTITUDE. That’s right. Often times the difference between a problem and an opportunity has everything to do with how you look at the challenge at hand.



Posted on September 13, 2017 at 4:58pm

Frustration and desperation are two of the best motivators for change.

One of the questions that I am often asked is, “I’m am a newly promoted officer and I want to make some changes but I am encountering a lot of resistance, what should I do?”

Resistance can come in many forms – a micromanaging boss, a lazy or complacent culture, a core group of over inflated egos with “inner circle” mentality, and the all too common “because that’s the way we have always done it” mentality. Each…


Posted on January 30, 2017 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Endurance

Endurance is a discipline worth mastering. Those who do are often the same ones who succeed in life. Most of us have experienced the battle between the inner voice and the physical body. Take jogging for example. At some point in your life you had made the decision that you needed to get in better shape. Perhaps you drove down to the local sporting…


Posted on April 14, 2016 at 2:28pm

Culture Creators versus Yes Men

I would rather have one frustrated culture creator in my inner circle than 10 yes men. Yes men tell me what I want to hear. They make me feel smarter than I actually am because they are afraid of my response to…


Posted on April 11, 2016 at 12:30pm


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