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Professional Experience

 

Founder, Brotherhood Coaching

2015 - Present

  • Contributor to "Firemanship:  A journal for Firemen" June 2021 Vol 11.

  • Presenter & H.O.T. Instructor at Orlando Fire Conference, 2019,2020, & 2021.

  • Creator of "Lovato Leadership".  A 3 month leadership development program designed to jump start a fire departments leadership development program and leave them with a gameplan to follow.

  • Creator of the “Ultimate Training Plan”, 2019.  A year-long training plan that provides a lesson plan for each shift along with video references.

  • Creator of “The Brotherhood Coaching Show with John Lovato” Podcast, 2018, designed to share experiences and help firefighters overcome obstacles they are facing by looking for the lesson in everything.

  • Creator of “Fix Your Firehouse Academy”, 2018, online program designed to help firefighters make a positive culture change in their firehouse.

  • Creator/Instructor of “The Squadhouse”, 2018, online group coaching program designed to help firefighters overcome adversity, stay into the job, and grow their influence.

  • Presenter at Great Florida Fire School, 2017

  • Author/Creator of “Company Officer Logbook” (published 2017) 

  • Author of “Fix Your Firehouse” 7 Strategies that produce a winning team. (published 2017) 

Instructor, Southwest Florida Fire Academy

2013-2020

  • Taught hands-on training to Firefighter I & II Academy students.  

  • Advance Class Instructor. Forcible Entry: Beyond the Basics 

Captain/Paramedic, City of Fort Myers Fire Department

October 2014 - Present

  • Became an Acting Battalion Chief, 2020

  • Assigned to Engine 11, July 2020 - Present.  Managed 2 units with 5-6 personnel responding to an average of 4,000 runs per year.  

  • Assigned to Engine 13, March 2015 - July 2020.  Managed 2 units with 5-6 personnel responding to an average of 6,000 runs per year.

  • Developed 5 Acting Captains.

  • Developed 3 Acting Engineers.

  • Developed 10 Probationary Firefighters.

  • Assisted with the development of FMFD Firefighter manual, Firefighter skill sheets, and Probationary Firefighter Daily Evaluation.

  • Recruit School Instructor

  • CPSE Credentialed Fire Officer, 2017

  • Special Operations Team Member, 2016-2019

  • Founder/Instructor of Officer Development School, 2017 & 2018

  • Coordinated Department training through Target solutions from March 2017 - October 2017

  • Ft Lauderdale Fire Expo 2017, Live Fire Instructor 

  • Orlando Fire Conference 2016, Live Fire Instructor

Engineer/Paramedic, City of Fort Myers Fire Department

January 2009 - October 2014

  • Became an Acting Captain, 2010

  • Assigned to Station 13, 2009 - 2012, 2014 

  • Assigned to Station 12, 2012-2014

  • Peer Fitness Coordinator (2011-2017) 

  • Assisted with implementation of yearly performance assessment 

  • SWAT Medic Coordinator (2011-2013) 

  • Ladder Driver 

  • Streamlined ALS medical bags 

  • Published Monthly Newsletter (2013-2017) 

  • Coordinated/Developed Pinning Ceremony (2014- 2017) 

  • Assisted with the improvement of accountability system (names on mask) 

  • Started and encouraged station patches

Firefighter/Paramedic, City of Fort Myers Fire Department

September 2003 - January 2009

  • Assigned to Station 11, 2003-2004

  • Assigned to Station 12, 2004 - 2006

  • Assigned to Station 13, 2006-2009

  • Technical Rescue Team Member (2004-2015) 

  • Instructor (Company & Department Level) 

  • Present or Past Member of following committees: SOP, LCFC Training Group, Documentation, Strategic Planning, Interview

Firefighter/Paramedic, Mokena Fire Protection District

2002 - 2003

  • Acting Driver 

  • Obtained and Implemented Pediatric ALS bag 

  • Commendations 

Firefighter/Paramedic, Frankfort Fire Protection District

February 1998 - August 2003

  • Cadet, 1998 - 2002

  • Acting Driver 

  • Commendations