John Tippett is Director of Fire Service Programs for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He joined the NFFF in April 2018. John spent 8 ½ years with the Charleston (SC) Fire Department as the department’s first deputy chief of operations and one year as interim fire chief prior to joining the NFFF. His work in Charleston involved assisting with the CFD’s recovery from the tragic Sofa Super Store Fire. Prior to Charleston, John worked his way through the ranks of the Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service, achieving the rank of safety battalion chief. He continues to be an active member of the fire service through his membership with the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Calvert County (MD).
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a master’s degree in Emergency Services Management. He has worked extensively on officer development and firefighter safety initiatives throughout his career, including introducing Crew Resource Management to the fire service and the Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System during part-time work with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was the 2006 recipient of the ISFSI’s George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.