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The Incident Management Team

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Lives in:
Chatham County, NC
West Manchester Township Fire & Emergency Service
Fire Chief (retired)
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
BA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
National Fire Academy, EFO Graduate
Topics you provide training for:
Incident Command Sysyem (all classes)
"OurTown" Tabletop Diorama Simulation
Fire Chief (retired) John J. Bierling has been in the fire service for more than 42 years. His career began in New York State in 1965 as a volunteer in Middletown, NY and in 1992 John retired as the Deputy Chief of Operations of the City of Newburgh Fire Department. In 2000, after eight years as the Chief of the West Manchester Township Fire & Emergency Service in York Pennsylvania, he decided to turn his attention to teaching. John has a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and has been actively teaching emergency responders for 35 years. Presently, Chief Bierling is the CEO of The Incident Management Team (IMT), a consulting company that teaches incident management and facilitates the OurTown Diorama Incident Command Training Programs throughout the nation. John and his wife Jan travel together, planning and presenting programs to emergency responders, health departments, hospitals, airports, private industry, and local government. He can be reached at and the company web site is
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At 9:31pm on June 17, 2009, David Apgar said…
My guess is that you took an Ed Meth/Inst I or II from HACC sometime in the past. Your name sounds familiar. I am an adjunct Instructor there. My guess is that our paths passed there. Dave A
At 7:26pm on March 30, 2009, Paul VonBank said…
Mike's fuernal is sat april 4 at 1300 at mount pleasent church 3050 east davis ave. terre haute in 47802 showing is the 3rd 1600-2200
At 8:48am on March 30, 2009, Scott Thompson said…
Hey John: Thanks for the add. My email is
At 3:51pm on March 29, 2009, Paul VonBank said…
At 11:42am on March 12, 2009, Jeff Patterson said…
Thank you for getting back with me so quickly. I appreciate you assistance.

At 9:24am on March 10, 2009, Rick Lasky said…

It was great seeing you and what a great group of folks. Thanks brother, be safe and see ya soon!

At 5:54pm on March 7, 2009, Pete Forshaw said…
Just wondering how far you and your wife travel for your program that you host? I would like to spread my courses into the United States as an asset to my wife likes to travel with me as well.

Play Hard Train Safe !!

At 9:07pm on March 6, 2009, Pete Forshaw said…
Thankyou for the request to be a friend of a person that has been in the service so long.I would think we could sit around for hours and talk about years on the job. It is very good to hear from you.

Play Hard train Safe!!

At 7:01am on February 18, 2009, Gary Cochran said…
Mr. Bierling thanks for responding Mr Gunter is still with our department at station 7 . I hope to learn many new training ideas to add to our fireground situations and show our new and seasoned firefighters new tactics as well as old reliable ones from thies website.
At 11:08pm on February 15, 2009, Evelyn Myers said…
I teach web design and engineering. I am on this site because I want to train for fire fighting. I hope I can find can find training in Orange or Ulster Counties.

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