John Wilson III

Started my Fire Service career in February 1982 at the age of 15 years old as Junior Firefighter with Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company in New Castle, Delaware. I am Life Member who rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief.  I was appointed to City of Wilmington Fire Department in July 1989 as a Probationary Firefighter. I was assigned to Engine 3, 2, 1 then to Special Operations on Rescue 1 and Squad 1 for over 22 years. I retired in February 2015 as Lieutenant. I also am involved with the Statewide Special Operations Program in which I serve as a team advisor for New Castle County and Sussex County. I currently employed at the Delaware State Fire School as the Senior Instructor / Training Administrator assigned as the Rescue Programs Manager in Dover. I also currently work part-time for Dover International Speedway for over 21 year, I am currently the Infield Emergency Services Supervisor and Festival Branch Manager for events held in Dover. I am 4th generation Delaware Firefighter. I joined Seaford Volunteer Fire Department in 2010 and served as a Captain, Assistant Chief, and currently Fire Chief.

Throughout my career, I have obtained over 2200 hours of training from Delaware State Fire School and Over 2000 hours from other training schools such as National Fire Academy, Texas A & M, Bucks County Fire Academy, and other training venues. I currently am National Pro-Board Certified as Firefighter 2; Fire Officer 3; Safety Officer; Rescue Technician for Confined Space, Trench, Collapse, Rope; Fire Inspector 1; Fire Instructor 3; Hazardous Material Awareness, Operations, Technician; National Registered Emergency Medical Technician- Basic ( Was Paramedic until 2015), Blue Card Command Certified; ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800; FEMA USAR Structural Collapse Technician.

My professional organizations include; International Association of Firefighters (retired); International Association of Fire Chiefs; International Society of Fire Service Instructors; International Council of Motorsports Sciences (Associate Member); Delaware Fire Chiefs Association; Sussex County Fire Chiefs Association; Delaware Valley Fire Chiefs Association (Life Member); Member of NFPA 610 committee on guide for Emergency and Safety Operations at Motorsports Venues.