Jim Silvernail

Jim Silvernail is the Fire Chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department of St. Louis County, MO and is international accredited as a “Chief Fire Officer” (CPSE). He is the author of Suburban Fire Tactics (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2013) and the co-author of the video Suburban Fire Tactics From The Right Seat (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2016). Jim has over 19 years of operational experience and is a lead instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy, specializing in truck company operations. He is also a member of MO-TF 1 (a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team), serving as a Planning Team Manager.

Chief Silvernail’s formal education includes: an AAS in Fire Protection Technology, a BA in Business Administration, and an MS in Human Resource Management. In addition to Suburban Fire Tactics, Jim has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering magazine. He is a workshop instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) (2011-2016) and presents at various regional deliveries. Chief Silvernail is a principle member of NFPA technical committee 1710 and is a Western Regional Director of the ISFSI.


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