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Lives in:
Central Jersey
Jersey City Fire Department
The Highrise Guy
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Mass retirement of Senior and most experienced staff.
Professional Qualifications:
Member: NFPA, ISFSI, FDSOA, NJ State Level II Instructor, Certified Project Manager, OSHA Construction Safety Officer, Operations Director for Carl Holmes E.D.I.,
Topics you provide training for:
High rise Fire Management, Fire Officer Development, Technical Rescue, Terrorist Response, NIMS I100-I800, Health and Safety, Workplace Safety Issues, Time Management, Incident Safety Officer, Rebuilding Your Fire Department, WMD Response: Operations.
Areas of expertise:
Fire Department Administration, Technical Rescue, Training, High rise, Project Management
John is a Captain, 26 year vetera ; ten of which were spent in the Heavy Rescue Company; and Training Officer for the Jersey City Fire Department. He commands Engine 9, the busiest engine company, in the state of New Jersey and is a Fire Instructor of 21 years. He instructs at both the Jersey City and Union County Fire Academies. OSHA Construction Safety Officer. Member FDIC, NFPA, ISFSI, IAFF, IABPFF, FMBA,
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Greatness is never measured by a single act... It is declared by commitment, selflessness & action. Continued prayers for the souls of the Dearly Departed...and for those of us who mourn their loss.

Still missing you, my friends.  See you on the other…


Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:41pm

FOTRUST Interview FDIC2013 BC John Mittendorf

#fireofficertrust Check out an impromptu interview with BC John Mittendorf of LAFD @fdic

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 9:17pm

The Chameleon Fire Officer: Mentor, Menace or Medocre - Which One Are You?

The Chameleon Officer: Mentor, Menace or Mediocre: Make up your mind!

A chameleon is…

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 9:35pm

The 5 Failures of Command

Click Here:  These are not all of them.  These are the five that came out of a great skull session.

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:00pm

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At 4:04pm on August 16, 2010, Jose Rafael Marte said…
That will be , i am her in USA, is it possible to visit your station?
At 5:48am on May 17, 2010, Mike France said…
At 7:04pm on May 7, 2010, Ken Hudak said…
Yo, now that you got me to sign up for this at least you can do is give me a gift......
At 12:52pm on May 7, 2010, Michael Bricault (ret) said…
-Hi John. Great video clip. As an engine man it must make you feel great to have beaten the ladder guys so quickly. LOL.
-Seems like the Tower company took a long time to get in to operation. By the time they make the roof cutting seems unnecessary as the fire is already knocked down.
-Did any Truck Company members get in to perform the search?

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