Founder, Brotherhood Coaching
2015 - Present
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
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)
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
Obtained and Implemented Pediatric ALS bag
Firefighter/Paramedic, Frankfort Fire Protection District
February 1998 - August 2003
Cadet, 1998 - 2002