Michael "Mick" Mayers is an author and instructor on leadership issues, particularly as they involve firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical services. As a chief fire officer who has served from the rank of firefighter, he has a unique perspective on management that centers primarily on his role as a developer of special operations teams at the local, regional and state levels. Chief Mayers began his emergency services career in Bridgeport, PA in 1980.
Chief Mayers is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical Institute. He is currently enrolled as a Senior at Columbia Southern University, where he is pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership. He has earned and maintains professional certifications as a fire officer, instructor, hazardous materials technician, and SCUBA instructor, and he was a National Registry Paramedic for 25 years before finally retiring his certificate.
Mick serves the international fire and emergency services through active membership and advocacy. His work with the National Fire Protection Association includes appointment as a committee member and Chairman of NFPA 1006, Professional Qualifications for Technical Rescuers and as a committee member of the NFPA's Professional Qualifications Corellating Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of the International Fire Chief Association's On Scene magazine. Chief Mayers is also one of the founders and past Board Vice-Chairman of the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance, a consortium of US&R teams from over 40 states, which has been an advocate for the rescue industry since 2005. During his career he also served as an adjunct instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy and an adjunct faculty member of The Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Among many commendations, Chief Mayers was recognized by the South Carolina State Senate for his work in development of the South Carolina US&R program in 2005, and then honored later that year by the South Carolina Department of Fire and Life Safety for leading SC-TF1 into service in St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes (Louisiana) after Hurricane Katrina, where he was the task force’s Incident Support Team Commander.
Chief Mayers has served as the commanding officer of various specialized teams, as well as led emergency response forces in protective details for many VIPs, including several Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States.
Mick is currently an author and blogger on emergency service leadership and change management. He has his own blog site at FirehouseZen.com and continues to educate and motivate response professionals. His articles have been featured at FireEMSBlogs.com, FirefighterNation.com, FireRescue1.com, Firehouse.com, WithTheCommand.com, and SConFire.com. He has spoken at several different venues, including the annual State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance conferences, as well as the 2008 National Hurricane Conference. He also is one of the founders of the Emergency Service Information eXchange (E-SIX), a panel that uses current technology to share information on best practices in emergency response.
Mayers serves several local non-profit organizations as a board member, and is the co-founder and Vice-President of Caroline & Friends, a non-profit that serves as an advocate for persons with Down syndrome and their families. Chief Mayers is a native of Montgomery County, PA. He is a fourth generation firefighter; his father is a retired Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, his brother is a career fire officer as well.
Chief Mayers is available for speaking engagements or other consultation as his schedule permits; for more information, e-mail him at email@example.com