MICHAEL TERPAK has been in the fire service for 38 years, spending the past 33 years with the Jersey City, NJ, Fire Department, where he is a deputy chief and citywide tour commander. He is the former chief of the city’s Training Division. Terpak is the founder of Promotional Prep, a based consulting firm that prepares firefighters and fire officers for promotional exams. Terpak also holds a bachelor of science degree in fire safety administration from the City University of New Jersey and is the author of the books Fireground Size-Up, Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics and Fireground Operational Guides. He can be contacted at 973-726-9538, firegroundsizeup.com or promotionalprep.com. The author acknowledges the assistance of Grail Fireground Solutions, http://www.grailfiregroundsolutions.com/index.html in the preparation of this article.