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Public Speaking

An officer is often asked to speak and present in public – sometimes without a chance to prepare. Because of this, it’s important to develop adequate communication skills. When it comes to speaking in public, having a vast knowledge base on the topic you are covering is essential, but without good communication skills, the thought of giving a live presentation can be daunting. Everyone knows the #1 fear in America is public speaking… many people don’t know that the #2 fear in America is death.

Public Speaking

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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