John Alston is currently the Fire Chief of New Haven Conniticut for the past several years. Prior to that, he was been a member of the Jersey City Fire Department for 24 years. He has held the positions of Administrative Aide to the Chief of Department, Adjunct Instructor, Public Information Officerm Rescue Technician and Office of Emergency Management Liaison. John is a ten year veteran of Jersey City’s Heavy Rescue Company, where he was an Instructor in Advance Vehicle Extrication, High Angle Rope Rescue and High-rise Operations. John is a NJ State Certified Level II Fire Instructor and a National Instructor-Trainer for the American Red Cross. He also instructs Fire, Police and EMS personnel in coursework for “Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings” (Socorro, New Mexico) & The National Incident Management Systems ICS-200, 300, 400, 700 & 800. John is the C.E.O of A-Vision & Associates, a Full Service Emergency Management Consulting Group. He has consulted for Merrill Lynch Corp., Norfolk Southern Railroad, Dow Jones and Company, The NY/NJ Port Authority, N.Y. State E.P.A and the NY State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.. He is the Operations Director & Senior Instructor for the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute for Executive Fire Officers. He is the technical consultant for the High Rise Fire Safety Manager Program, which is offered, at New Jersey City University; the program and curriculum are currently in use in the City of Jersey City. However, he is most proud to be Cheryl’s husband of 22 years and the father of 2 fine sons; John, III of Morehouse College and Malcolm Kendall of Liberty University.