Michael Terpak 2008
Deputy Chief of Department
Jersey City Fire Department
NJCU FIRE Class of 1982
Bachelor of Science – Fire Safety & Administration. Sworn in as a Junior firefighter on his 16th birthday in the Little Falls, New Jersey Fire Department, Michael Terpak has been traveling ever since on a deliberate path leading to leadership and excellence in the fire service.
As a member of the
New Jersey Fire Department, Terpak was assigned as a probationary Firefighter at Engine Company 10 in 1976.
A Firefighter with vast experience in the field, assigned to the
Greenville areas with Engine Companies 10 & 17, Ladder 12, and Rescue 1 he was promoted to Captain in 1994, and Battalion Chief of the second battalion in 1998, where he also served as the Chief-in-charge of Training.
In 2005, Mike was promoted to Deputy Chief and serves as the City-Wide Tour Commander in the stat’s 2nd largest city of 242,000 people. A recognized educator, he lectures throughout this great country on fire suppression, rescue techniques and strategies and has authored Fireground Size-up and
Center, Strategy & Tactics.
A contributing editor with Fire Engineering Magazine, Chief Terpak is a member of the FDIC Advisory Board as well as a former fire instructor at the
County and North Jersey fire
A graduate of the New Jersey City University Fire Science class of 1982, Chief Terpak continues to prepare fire service members for advancement and promotion as his contribution to the fire service of tomorrow.