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Freelancing is one of the most dangerous, destructive and counterproductive acts an individual, or group of individuals, can do on the fire ground. The term Freelancing is not the same in the fire service as it is in the corporate world. In corporate America, freelancing is a term used for a person whose skills are available for hire, such as a freelance writer or photographer. On the fire ground; however, freelancing occurs when a person works outside of an established action plan.


Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso


Frank Viscuso is a career deputy chief from Hudson County, NJ, one of the most densely populated counties in the country. He is a contributor to Fire Engineering magazine and the author of five books including the best-selling tactical textbook Fireground Operational Guides (with Mike Terpak), and his popular leadership development book titled Step Up and Lead. Frank is also a certified fire instructor and highly sought after speaker. Over the past decade he has spoken to audiences in and outside the fire service on many topics that include leadership, team building, officer development, and customer service. His Leadership Development program is designed to introduce people to the top traits associated with fire service leaders and to equip them with the skills needed to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams. These traits and skills are featured in his book, Step Up and Lead.

Frank resides in New Jersey and can be reached by cell: (973) 981-1505, email:, or through the website

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