Dr. Harry R. Carter, FIFireE, CFO
Dr. Harry R. Carter, FIFireE, CFO, is a veteran chief fire officer, an internationally-known municipal fire protection consultant, author, writer, and lecturer. He currently serves as a fire commissioner and is Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Fire District #2 in Howell Township, New Jersey. Dr. Carter has also served on the adjunct faculty of a number of community colleges in New Jersey, as well as the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He formerly served on the faculty of the School of Public Safety Leadership at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He retired in 1999 as a Suppression Division Battalion Commander with the Newark Fire Department in New Jersey. During his tenure in Newark, he served as Chief of Training, Commander of the Hazardous Materials Response Team, and Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief. He is also a past Fire Chief and former Training Officer of the Adelphia Fire Company, located in the Adelphia section of Howell Township, New Jersey. He currently serves as the fire company Chaplain. He also serves as Chaplain for the East Freehold Fire Company in Freehold Township, New Jersey.
Dr. Carter is a Fellow of the United States of America Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Great Britain (FIFireE). He is currently serving as Immediate Past President for the branch. He is a Life Member and former President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and is also a former President of the New Jersey Association of Fire Districts and the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a Life Member of the National Fire Protection Association.
He has been a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine since 1990, and has been a long-time participant at their Firehouse EXPO in Baltimore, Maryland. His weekly commentary appears on the front page of Firehouse.Com where he is their senior correspondent. He also serves as a contributing editor for the Pennsylvania Fireman.
He has been a frequent contributor to Fire Chief and Fire Engineering magazines. For many more than 15 years he wrote a monthly column for The Voice, the membership magazine of ISFSI. A frequent lecturer at seminars in the United States and Canada, Dr. Carter has appeared at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) since 1979. He has lectured in twenty-six of the United States and in three Canadian Provinces. He is an honorary Citizen of the Province of Nova Scotia.
He has authored or co-authored fourteen textbooks and written more than 2,500 articles for all of the major fire service trade journals and websites, as well as peer-reviewed journals. He has also been published in the New York Times, and the Asbury Park Press.