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Mauro Porcelli
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Lives in:
Ocala, Florida
City of Orlando
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Managing growth
Professional Qualifications:
Topics you provide training for:
Dealing with Firehouse Life,
Areas of expertise:
Mentoring firefighters to have successful careers and avoid the pit falls of the Fire department. Author of “Survivng the Firehouse.”
Mauro Porcelli is a retired City of Orlando Firefighter/Paramedic with twenty-five years of fire service experience.

He started his career with Marion County Fire/Rescue in 1988 where he advanced quickly through the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. At twenty-three, Mauro was the youngest, highest ranking officer for a professional firefighter in the State of Florida, holding the rank of District Commander. He eventually left Marion County for the City of Orlando Fire Department from which he retired.

Mauro is a highly decorated firefighter, receiving several commendations, including one from The United States Congress, Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Governor’s office, and two years as Firefighter of the Year with commendations from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mauro also received two medals of Distinction for Valor and Heroism in the line of duty.

Mauro worked in some of the busiest stations and roughest neighborhoods in the state. His life long experience and “street cred” earned him the respect of his peers and professionals alike.

During his career, he gave selflessly of his time to mentor rookies in the firehouse as well as others seeking his advice on how to succeed and advance in his beloved profession. His book grew out of this desire to help others as they “Survive the Firehouse” This book is a collection of his insights, foibles, pet peeves, overall wisdom and tips on how to make it as a firefighter.
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Mauro Porcelli's Blog

The New Year: Time for Change!

     Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters out there!

     As 2019 arrives, everyone, including firefighters, looks to implement some kind of change. Fire chiefs will implement their new,…


Posted on January 2, 2019 at 4:40pm

Very close call for four Orlando Firefighters!

My good friend who I used to work with posted this on his Facebook page just now. His son also  works for Orlando Fire Department. Names were edited due to a current investigation. This was so important as a reminder that I needed to re-post his article. Be alert and never ever let your guard down! …


Posted on December 21, 2018 at 9:14am

Save Your Firehouse!

If you want to lose control of your station, your crew and everything you have worked for your entire career, then go ahead and allow a rogue fireman to take control of your firehouse without any regard for your authority or anyone else’s well-being. We all know him. He, or she, is the fireman who shows up for work…


Posted on November 30, 2018 at 11:17am

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