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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Service demands
Experience for members
Professional Qualifications:
Associate's Degree in Fire Science
MICRB Level II Instructor
Topics you provide training for:
National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System
Crew Resource Management
Firefighter Safety
Strategy and Tactics
John Tippett is a battalion chief with the Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service. He has been with Montgomery County for 32 years. He is currently assigned as the safety battalion chief for the department. John has spent the bulk of his career in Montgomery County’s Operations Division as a firefighter, company officer and field battalion chief. He has been a Level II Instructor since 1988, teaching a variety of topics at Montgomery County’s training academy as a lead and adjunct instructor. He assisted in developing Montgomery County’s Officer Candidate School, Command Development Center, and Crew Resource Management rollout. John has also served as a shift deputy safety officer. He is Task Force Leader for FEMA US&R Maryland Task Force I. John holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Montgomery College. He was recognized by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors as Instructor of the Year for 2006.

For the last five years John has worked as a project manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. His work with the IAFC has included developing materials for transporting Crew Resource Management to the fire service, improving fire safety in the Native American community, and assisting in the development of the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System. He has lectured and written on a variety of diverse topics ranging from fire service tactics, fire prevention in Native American lands and firefighter safety initiatives. John currently serves as the fire service project manager for the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.
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At 12:16pm on September 21, 2009, Daniel Rubin said…

This is Daniel Rubin from Baltimore Gas and Electric. Several months ago our Near Miss reporting safety Team had the privilege of hearing your presentation on the Firefighters near miss reporting system. Since that time we have created an online training for Near Miss Reporting. It has the quote which you allowed us to use and an video segment with Chris Hart. we would like to send you a copy Can you provide a mailing address? Feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 443 463 2300. Thank you
At 1:18pm on April 21, 2009, Rob Cannon said…
Chief, congratulatons on your new position! CFD deserves it!

At 8:42pm on January 11, 2009, Brian Spini said…
John, good to have you in the community. Saw your presentation in KCMO about a year ago. I use your Near-Miss report of the week ever week in a group training e-mail. Great job on all you are doing. Look forward to talking to you again.
At 10:22pm on January 5, 2009, Tim Zehnder said…
John, good to have you on the site! I meet you the day at FDIC that you got your award congrats one more time. Hope to see you at FDIC in April. Stay Safe.
At 1:36pm on January 3, 2009, le neouanic laurent said…

hello my name is laurent so french paramedic fire figther,i search for trade uniform's and helmet's for my collection ,thank's for your reponse my blog :
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