New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Keynote Address

Captain Douglas J. Mitchell Jr.
Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)

Thursday, June 15 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
@ The Oncenter Ballroom (lower level)

*Open to all attendees

Firefighters and fire officers often voice their frustrations with two things – “the way things are” and “change.” In a dynamic world, how do we ensure mission success while remaining motivated and maintaining a winning mindset for the future? Leaders must adapt to rapidly changing conditions on the fire floor and in the firehouse, pushing ourselves, our companies, and our departments to be adaptable and resilient. Let us look at our own strengths and weaknesses as we evolve together in our time of service to others.

Doug Mitchell is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, the last 23 years with the FDNY. He is currently the captain of Ladder 38, 7th Division, in the Bronx. Mitchell served as the FDNY’s executive officer of the Probationary Firefighters School and is a member of the FDNY IMT. He was a lieutenant in the Bronx, a fire marshal in Queens, and a firefighter in Manhattan. Mitchell previously worked for Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department. He has lectured and conducted hands-on-training programs nationwide as a vice president of Traditions Training, LLC. Mitchell is a principal member of the NFPA 1400 Committee. He co-wrote Fire Engineering’s “25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD” in 2013. Mitchell has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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