John Dixon
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  • Sussex, NJ
  • United States
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Paid Fire Department
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Company Officer (Captain/Lt/Supervisor), Training Officer/Training Chief/Instructor
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Teaneck Fire Department
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John is a career fire officer with an urban fire department in New Jersey and has over 20 years in the fire service. He has earned his fire officer (FO) credentials from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a National Fire Academy Alumni.

John has a passion for training, mentoring, and inspiring up-and-coming officers and firefighters. He has served as an Instructor with the Bergen County Fire Academy, a member of Project Kill the Flashover, and currently serves as the NJ State Lead Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

John believes that his time as a U.S. Marine engrained several fundamental fire service principles—discipline, education, and servant leadership. He is passionate about helping others in seeking continuous improvement through providing cutting-edge training and education.

John’s definition of success is seeing those that he has trained, mentored, and inspired become great leaders themselves. It is his desire that these leaders inspire other firefighters to do the same—thus having a positive ripple effect on the fire service.

John has presented at International, National & Regional Conferences such as: The International Fire Rescue Training Academy (Germany), Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, Ohio Fire & EMS Expo, FDIC, the Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference , South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference, just to name a few.
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Fire Service Cultural Variations

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:01am 0 Comments

The fire service culture of an “aggressive” nature in its current form may be attributed to dominant ideologies and the subsequent societies that have developed. In order to further identify best practices we must first investigate cultural diffusion and the elements that are allowed to reside within the profession. In taking a deeper look into formal and informal…


Dichotomy of Attitudes, Behaviors, and Culture

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 12:06pm 0 Comments

The great dichotomy within today’s fire service is all about perceived culture. The improvement of our culture as a whole within the emergency services is relative to our specific paradigms. Much can be done as has been implemented already but there is so much more work to do. It's the whole nature…


How To Become The Best Version of YOU! Identifying Morals, Values, and Principles

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

There are plenty leaders standing alone on the proverbial organizational island. It has been said time and time again “the higher up the food chain we ascend, the lonelier we may become.” Why is this so? Perhaps we may have lost sight of how vital our values and principles transcend any leadership style. Let’s identify a few of…


Leadership Exemplified - How to BE the Example

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:50am 1 Comment

Most of us in the fire and emergency services would agree that leadership matters and is vital to the successful outcomes of any organization. We could also agree that many so called leadership gurus and fire service personalities are out on the circuit pontificating their tricks of the trade. There is certainly no shortage of people instructing or…


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At 2:45pm on August 31, 2017, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. said…

Welcome, Cap! Thank you for following me here. I look forward to continuing learning from you, as the firefighter's best tool is education!

Stay safe and I'm looking forward to meeting you in November!


At 3:32pm on August 30, 2017, Fireyladd - Retired Chief Sharp said…

Welcome to Firefighter Nation John. I'm glad you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.
Chief William Sharp- Retired
Brookings Fire / Rescue
Living in Alaska


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