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John Cummins
  • 51, Male
  • Pontiac, IL
  • United States
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Lives in:
Pontiac, Illinois
Pontiac Fire Department
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter III
Fire Officer II
Fire Instructor II
Fire Ground Safety Officer
Illinois EMS Lead Instructor
Arson Investigator
Haz-Mat Tech B
Haz-Mat Incident Commander
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist
Master SCUBA Diver
Police Officer
Evidence Technician
Tactical Paramedic
Topics you provide training for:
Drivers Safety
Hazardous Materials
Fire Investigation
Areas of expertise:
Expertise is close to knowing everything and this career is about learning. When you think you know all there is to know in this job and stop learning, it is time to get out before you get hurt!


Fire Investigation
Post Blast Investigation
Hazardous Materials
Dive Rescue
I started in public safety during high school as a volunteer with my local police department. During college I became an EMT as a volunteer with a local fire department. Soon after I attended paramedic school and began working as a paid firefighter. Since then I have served as a police officer, fixed wing flight paramedic, EMS instructor, Critical Care ground paramedic, fire company officer, Assistant Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and Fire Chief. I served as the Fire Chief for the Village of Stone Park for 4 years before taking the position of Fire Chief with the City of Pontiac, Illinois in late 2007.
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