Deputy Chief Paul Drennan
Deputy Chief Paul Drennan, who is currently the B-Group Tour Commander on the Jersey City Fire Department, leads Fire Officer Training Academy. He has worked with JCFD since 1994. He has had the opportunity to work in some of the busiest companies in the city including Squad 4, Engine 22, Ladder Tower 4 and Rescue 1. As a Battalion Chief, he was in charge of the 4th Battalion with 7 companies under his command. As a Tour Commander he is responsible for 151 members, 16 firehouses, and 26 companies including Rescue 1, Squad 4, Hazmat, Marine units and more. He was also a member of the New Jersey Task Force team for five years. Chief Drennan has been in the construction trades as a NJ Licensed Plumber for over 35 years. Paul comes from 3 generations of firefighting. His father and 4 uncles started the tradition. At one point there were 17 Drennan’s on the Jersey City fire department at the same time. Paul and his 4 brothers were on the job at the same time at one point.
Chief Drennan created a system 20 years ago for his promotion. He originally developed the system so he can have an edge on his competition. The program started when he was a Captain. He began privately tutoring firefighters and officers for their promotional testing. The success was astounding! Now he teaches his system to all his students. This system got him a perfect score on his Deputy Chief exam and helped MANY others get right to the top of their lists. This is a no nonsense approach that gets you pinpoint focused for any and all types of written or oral exams. He has had incredible success, preparing his students who continually are promoted or currently waiting on a promotional list!
The staff at Fire Officer Training Academy wants to fulfill your goal of becoming a firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief or Chief of Department. Our primary purpose is to organize and simplify the material to quickly focus you in the right direction. The way we teach all our classes will help you be at the top of your list for your promotion or hiring but most importantly we teach you to become highly qualified, competent firefighters and officers. Our FOTA instructors are not only experienced firefighters and officers, but most of them are chief officers and have over 30 years of fire experience and have been in the construction trades for even longer. Deputy Chief Paul Drennan is a Licensed Plumber and has been in the construction trade for 35 years. We also have Licensed Electricians and Builders that are also chief officers with their departments. We all know building construction is a huge part of being a fire officer. Who better to teach it than a fire officer with years of experience in both construction and firefighting.