Chief John F. Sullivan of the Brookline (MA) Fire Department is a 32-year veteran of the fire service, including over three decades with the Worcester (MA) Fire Department.
Chief Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer graduate and holds the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is also a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; the United States Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers; the New England Association of Fire Chief’s and serves on two technical committees for the National Fire Protection Association. He has been an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College in the Fire Science division, and has served on the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education committee as well as the Training Resources and Data Exchange committee. In 2011, the United States Fire Administration awarded Chief Sullivan the J. Faherty Casey award for his impact in the area of leadership in training of the nation’s fire and emergency services.
Chief Sullivan has authored many professional articles and papers and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of firefighter safety and survival. He is a 15 year member of the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section board currently serving as Vice Chair, having previously served as Director–at-Large and Secretary. He has collaborated on several projects with the National Fall Fighter Foundation. Chief Sullivan served as a contributing editor on the Editorial Board of FireRescue magazine prior to becoming a contributing editor for FireHouse magazine.