Paul DeBartolomeo has been a member of the fire service for more than 20 years in both the career and volunteer ranks. He is a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where he is assigned to Ladder Company 28 in Harlem. DeBartolomeo is a nationally certified Pro-Board instructor and an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy and provides lectures and hands-on training nationwide. He was a lead instructor for the F.D.I.C. H.O.T. programs as well as a classroom presenter.