John M Moschella

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Assistant Professor of the Practice of the Practice, College of Arts & Sciences
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Department of Security and Emergency Services
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College of Arts & Sciences
John M Moschella

John Michael Moschella, Ed.D., EFO, is a three-decade, career veteran of the Revere (Massachusetts) Fire Department, having attained the rank of Deputy Chief. During his tenure with the department, Deputy Moschella held positions as, Supervisor of Fire Prevention, Emergency Management Manager, and Group Commander. He is currently full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) in the Department of Security & Emergency Services. Previously, as Visiting Assistant Professor at Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA), he chaired the writing of over two dozen master’s thesis and taught over 94 courses, in addition to creating several courses, both online and onsite. Moschella holds a Master of Arts Degree in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. His dissertation examined graduate fire centric programs offered both in the U.S. and internationally and his findings were published in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has been awarded graduate degrees in European Intellectual History from Salem State University and German/Jewish History at the University of Kansas. Previously, he studied Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Israel and German History at Universität Friedrich Alexander, Erlangen, Germany on a Fulbright. Author of numerous fire-related publications in various journals, Moschella, has written on such fire related topics as: sensemaking, e-government, higher education in the fire service, firefighter safety, hazardous materials, building construction, private fire brigades, manhole emergency operations, and OSHA standards compliance. His current research involves the possible effects of Vicarious Traumatization on fire service personnel. He has lectured in the UK and Malaysia, where he was the first American Firefighter to be invited there. Moschella co-wrote Massachusetts’ hazardous materials response training program. He is a frequent contributor to and former editorial board member of the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management (Oklahoma State University)He also sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Emergency Services (UK) and FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education. He holds several NFPA certifications and is a licensed social studies teacher (grades 7-12) in Massachusetts. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO), and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Dr. Moschella was the first recipient of the National Fire Protection Association’s George D. Miller Award, in 2002.

  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Cambridge College
  • M.Phil. - Master of Philosophy in History, University of Kansas
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Fire Science, Anna Maria College
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in History, Salem State College

  • ESVS 304: Fire Investigation & Anyls
  • ESVS 305: Fire Prevention Orgn & Mgmt
  • HIST 130: History of Aviation in America
  • ESVS 404: Managerl Issues/Hazard Matls
  • ESVS 405: Personnel Mgmt -Fire Emer Svcs

Invited Publications

            2015,    Fall, Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. Review of Clark, B. (2015). I can’t save you but I’ll die trying. Nashville, TN: Premium Press.

2011,    Fall, Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. Vol. 5. The role of e-government in the fire service. Applications taken from selected literature

2009,    Fall, Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management.  Vol.3(2). Review of Denhardt, J. & Denhardt, R. (2003). The new public service: Serving not steering. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

2008,   Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, Vol. 2(2), Review of Osborne, D. & Hutchinson, P. (2004). The price of government. Getting the results we need in an age of permanent fiscal crisis. New York: Basic Books, 49-50.

2007,    Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, Vol. 1(2) Review of Compton, D. & Granito, J. (Eds.). (2002). Managing fire and rescue services. Washington, DC: International City/County Management Association, 32-34.

2007,    Review Article. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, Vol.1(1) Review of Van Wart, M. (1998). Changing public sector values. New York: Garland Publishing. Quinn, R. E. (1988). Beyond rational management: Mastering the paradoxes and competing demands of high performance. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 46-47

Publications

2017,  June, Fire Rescue Magazine. A question of identity. Leadership styles of chief fire officers in the United Kingdom & Taiwan.

             2013,    Fall, International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. Vol 7. The role of e-government in selected fire services of Taiwan and the United States:                     A comparative analysis (Co-authored with Annie Chou).

2009,    November, Fire Risk Management Journal (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom). An     investigation of a best practice graduate curriculum for fire studies in the United States.

2009,    International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. Vol. 3(2).  Sensemaking in structural firefighting. Applications for signal detection theory in firefighter operations and safety.

2004,    November, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 157(11). Higher education for fire personnel in the United States and Taiwan. A comparison. 105-112. (Co-authored with Annie Chou).

2003,    October, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 156(10) Massachusetts’ mobile incident support unit. 162 -166.

2000,    Treating victims of domestic violence. A course for those providing emergency medical care to victims of domestic violence. Revere, MA: CM Publishers. (Co-authored with Diane Wilson).

1999,    June, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Vol. 24(6), Historical perspective. A brief chronology of society's treatment of women. 50. (Co-authored with Diane Wilson).

1999,    June, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Vol. 24(6), The cycle of violence. Important considerations for ems providers. 46-50, 56. (Co-authored with Diane Wilson).

1997,    December, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Vol. 22(12), Domestic violence. Recognize abuse and do something about it. 46-50. (Co-authored with Diane Wilson).

1993,    May/June, Industrial Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 2(3), Fire brigades in the workplace: John Hancock Tower incident. 43-48. (Co-authored with Donald Cassidy).

1993,    March, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 146(3), Book Review: Brannigan, F. (1992). Building construction for the fire service. (3rd ed.). 148.

1991,    October, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 144(10). Manholes and their hazard potential. 53-59.

1991,    July, Industry, Vol. 56(6), Team action, industry and hazardous materials. 24-25, 55. (Co-authored with Donald Cassidy).

1991,    July, Industry, Vol. 56(6), Compliance and conflict, Safety, relations between OSHA and industry. 22-24. (Co-authored with Donald Cassidy).

1991,    February, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 144(2). A new era in haz mat response: A report on Massachusetts' first hazardous materials response team. 91-92.    (Co-   authored with Donald Cassidy).

1990,    Hazardous materials response team training workbook. Stow, MA: Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. 

1990,    August, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 143(8), New dimensions in high-rise construction: Multi-floor corridor design. 95-100.

1985,    July, Fire Engineering Magazine, Vol. 138(7), Firefighter's visibility—A closer look at contact lenses. 29-30, 32. (Co-authored with David Kuperstein).




​Dr. Moschella, EFO, is a career veteran of the Revere (MA) Fire Department, having served over three decades and attained the rank of Deputy Chief. Moschella holds a Master of Arts Degree in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College (MA) and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. His dissertation examined graduate fire centric programs offered both in the U.S. and internationally and was published in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has been awarded graduate degrees in European Intellectual History from Salem State University (MA) and German/Jewish History at the University of Kansas. Previously, he studied Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Israel and German History at Universität Friedrich Alexander, Erlangen, Germany on a Fulbright. Author of numerous fire-related publications in various journals, Moschella, has written on such fire-related topics as: leadership, sensemaking, e-government, higher education, firefighter safety, hazardous materials, building construction, private fire brigades, manhole emergency operations, and OSHA standards compliance. He has lectured in England and Malaysia, where he was the first American to be invited to speak at its National Fire Academy. As a consultant for the American Council on Education (ACE), he has evaluated several hundred emergency services related courses. He sits on the editorial board for the FIRE-Forum for International Research in Education and the International Journal of Emergency Services. He serves as chair of the FESHE graduate curriculum.  Moschella was the first recipient of the National Fire Protection Association’s George D. Miller Award in 2002. Aside from academic and research interests, Moschella is an avid outdoorsman and a physical fitness advocate.

National Fire Protection Association

Institution of Fire Engineers

Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education


NFPA, George D. Miller Academic Award