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Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso

Co-Founder, Editor-In-Chief of FireOpsOnline


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

Captain Bryan Emenecker

Contributor, Speaker


Bryan Emenecker has been in the fire service for over 25 years, spending the last 20 with the City of Camden Fire Department. Through his career in Camden, he has worked Ladder Co. 2, and Rescue 1, and is currently assigned as the Captain on Squad 7. He is a certified level 2 fire instructor for the state of New Jersey and a certified instructor through the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. He also works with Safety & Survival LLC.

Deputy Chief Mike Terpak

Contributor, Speaker


Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 35 years spending the last 31 years with the Jersey City Fire Department where he is assigned as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. Terpak travels extensively around the country lecturing on fire/rescue topics and is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams. Chief Terpak, who also holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey is the author of two best selling books, “Fireground Size-Up” and “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics” available from Fire Engineering Books and Videos. Terpak has also co-authored a book with Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso titled “Fireground Operational Guides“. He can be contacted at (973) 726-9538, or

Deputy Chief John G. Riker

Contributor, Speaker


John Riker is a seasoned 42 year veteran and city wide tour commander with the Newark, New Jersey, Fire Department. He is a NJ state certified instructor, and the lead instructor for FDIC aerial ladder H.O.T. operations. He is also a general partner in Emergency Training Associates, LLC; a fire service consulting firm. His articles and videos have been featured in Fire Engineering and Firehouse magazines.

Chief Donald Colarusso



Donald Colarusso has been in the fire service for over 25 years. He presently serves as Chief of the Neptune Fire Department in central New Jersey and is the President of All Hands Fire Equipment ( Don is a NJ State Certified Level 2 fire instructor and on staff for the Northern Ocean County Fire Academy, where in 2012 he was named “Instructor of the Year”. He is one of only a few instructors in the United States who is authorized to provide instruction on all of the leading NFPA 1983 Firefighter Escape Systems that are available. Don has a diverse background, including experience as an assistant county fire coordinator, a deputy district forest fire warden and fire inspector. He has also had articles and photo’s published in FIRE-RESCUE Magazine, 1st Responder News, and other publications. Don can be contacted at

Battalion Chief Jim Silvernail



Jim Silvernail, a second generation firefighter, is a battalion chief with the Metro West Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, MO. He is the author of Suburban Fire Tactics (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2013). Jim has over 15 years of operational experience and is a lead instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy, specializing in truck company operations. He is also a member of MO-TF 1 (a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team) and recently deployed to Hurricane Sandy in New York, NY (2012) as a planning team manager.

Chief Silvernail’s formal education includes: an AAS in Fire Protection Technology, a BA in Business Administration, and an MS in Human Resource Management. In addition to Suburban Fire Tactics, Jim has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering magazine. He is a workshop instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) and presents at various regional events.

Lieutenant Mike Daley



Mike Daley has served over 25 years in the emergency services, in various Fire, Rescue and EMS positions. He is currently working as a Lieutenant for Monroe Township (NJ) Fire District #3, and serves as the department’s Training Officer. Lt. Daley is the owner and founder of Fire Service Performance Concepts, and is an instructor with the Middlesex County Fire Academy and serves as a Rescue Officer and staff instructor for New Jersey Task Force 1 – Urban Search and Rescue.

Lt. Daley has been published in many of the leading fire service trade magazines, and is currently a monthly columnist on as well as a Technical Rescue contributor for Firehouse Magazine. He has traveled throughout the country providing lectures and hands-on training at many of our industries top national training venues, including: Fire Department Instructors Conferences (FDIC East and West), Firehouse Expo, Firehouse Central, and Reno Fire Tech.

Deputy Chief Joseph Viscuso


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Deputy Chief Joseph Viscuso is a twenty-three year veteran of the Kearny, NJ Fire Department where he currently works as a Tour Commander. He is certified hazardous materials technician and fire instructor. Joe’s articles have appeared in Fire Engineering magazine and he is a regular contributor to

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