Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Jersey City Fire Department
Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 45 years spending the last 36 years with the Jersey City, NJ, Fire Department where he recently retired 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. In addition to the above, he was also the High-Rise Training Coordinator for Jersey City. 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. Terpak, who also holds a bachelor of science degree in fire safety administration from the City University of New Jersey, is an adjunct professor for the Fire Science Technology program at Sussex County Community College, and is the author of six best-selling books, “Fire Ground Size-Up, 1st and 2nd. editions,” “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics,” “Fire Ground Operational Guides” “Assessment Center Management and Supervision” and “Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides.” Additionally, in 2019 he became a customer service/training representative for the Florian System at 3aminnovations.com.