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John F. Sullivan
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  • Worcester, MA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Worcester MA
Worcester Fire Department
District Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Budget, Manpower, equipment replacement
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter I/II, Fire Officer I/II, Fire Inspector I/II, Fire Instructor I
EFO, CFO candidate
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter skills development, Company Officer development, Leadership, LODD analysis and recovery, Chief Officer training.
District Chief John F. Sullivan is a 22-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department, serving as an operations chief assigned to Group 1. Chief Sullivan is an Instructor/Examiner for both the Worcester Fire Department and Massachusetts State Fire Academy; specializing in Firefighter Skills Development, RIT, Structural Firefighting, Recruit Firefighter Training, and Fire Officer Development.
Chief Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration; and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program. He is an adjunct professor at two local Worcester colleges in the Fire Science division, and an active member of the National Fire Academy’s FESHE and TRADE committees. He is currently serving as a Director-at-Large on the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival section, and is a contributing editor on the Editorial Board of FireRescue magazine.
He and his wife Bethe have four children and reside in Worcester.

John F. Sullivan's Blog

We reap what we sow: Every day is a new chance to build up your department.

To the Choir,

One of the greatest satisfactions that I get as a Chief officer is the opportunity to help build up the future leadership of our department. Every day that I put on the unifrom affords another (often several) opportunities to mentor/coach a company officer or firefighter. This deliberate, progressive pattern of passing on the knowledge, skills and abilities that were freely afforded to me as I came up, is imperative to preserving traditions, values, organizational…


Posted on October 16, 2008 at 7:36am

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