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Michael Finney

Michael Finney


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  • Workforce Development / Fire Safety / Fire Administration (Expert)
    Michael D. Finney is a 22-year veteran of the fire service, having served at all ranks from Firefighter to Chief. He currently serves as the Principal Partner of the Joshua Tree Group and the Executive Director of the Open Fire Academy ( He previously served as the Director of Public Safety Services for Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development and the Fire Chief for the Village of Glendale, Ohio. Michael has been honored to serve with such organizations as the International Fire Service Training Association/ Fire Protection Publications and with the South Carolina Fire Academy. He is also an adjunct instructor with the National Fire Academy for the "Fire Service Course Design" program. He has authored/edited several books and numerous magazine publications in leadership and training for the fire service. He has also performed extensive research in issues related to fire service training. Michael holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina, a Masters of Divinity from Columbia International University, and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education from Oklahoma State University and is listed in the 2003 edition of Who's Who in America and in the 2007 edition of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders.


  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
    Board of Directors 06/2003 – Current

Education History

  • Doctor of Education (Current)
    Oklahoma State University
  • Masters of Divinity (05/1999)
    Columbia International University
  • Bachelors of Art in Economics (12/1994)
    University of South Carolina