Deputy Chief (ret.)
Jersey City, NJ, Fire Department
Michael Terpak is a 43-year veteran of the fire service, the last 36 years with the Jersey City, NJ, Fire Department, where he recently retired as a deputy chief and citywide tour commander. Terpak travels 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. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fire safety administration from the City University of New Jersey and is an adjunct professor for the Fire Science Technology program at Sussex County Community College. He authored six best-selling books.