Chief Paul Flippin, B.A., M.S.

Senior Associate
Senior Manager Maryland Fire Rescue Institute

Retired Deputy Fire Chief Newburgh, NY Fire Department

Chief Flippin is Senior Manager at the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) heading up the Special Programs section. The Special Programs section is the only revenue generating sector of the training programs offered at MFRI. He previously was a fire / EMS consultant for a major consulting firm and served as a Project Manager for a myriad of projects over his 14-year tenure in that capacity. He has an in-depth knowledge of how fire departments function based on years of experience in operations and management principles. He served for 22 years in the City of Newburgh (NY) Fire Department at the positions of firefighter, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and deputy chief of operations. He also served as a lead origin and cause investigator, and manager of the Newburgh Fire Prevention Bureau. As Deputy Chief of Operations, Mr. Flippin managed many of the technical systems for the fire department, police department, and government administration offices in the City of Newburgh. His responsibilities covered various other aspects of municipal government operations including telephone systems administrator for police, fire, city hall, and other citywide agencies, communication systems management and requisitions and billing management for various aspects of the City of Newburgh Administrative Offices.

Mr. Flippin has served as project manager or deputy manager for over 50 fire studies, including: Stamford, CT; Beacon, NY; Detroit, MI; Loudoun County, VA; Norwalk, CT; Fairmont, WV; Alameda County, CA; Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; Pike Township, IN; Richmond, VA; Duluth, MN; Portland, OR; Jacksonville, FL; Saint Paul, MN; Prince George’s County, MD; Salt Lake City,   UT; Dayton, OH; and Nassau County, FL, among many others.

Mr. Flippin has a Master’s degree in Fire Protection Management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and is a former certified code enforcement officer. He is also a certified Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board instructor at MFRI.