Welcome to Dean K Wilson.com.
This is the personal website for Dean K. Wilson, a retired fire protection engineer and business process consultant who currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The information contained on this site offers a point of reference for anyone who may have an interest in Dean's past or present writings or speaking engagements.
As with most websites, this site is a work in progress with frequent updates.
Biography of Dean K. Wilson
My good friend, Wayne D. Moore, has often said:
Having reached the “Who Cares?” stage of my business career, I believe that God’s not finished with me yet. In fact, I believe that my best days lie ahead of me.
“In our careers, we move from ‘Who’s He?’ to ‘Who’s Who!’ to ‘Who Cares?’”
Day by day, I continue to faithfully follow the Great King. I am grateful, beyond words, that He constantly sheds light on the pathway He has laid out before me.
So, I offer this following description of what I've done throughout my life, fully realizing that these few words do not begin to describe who I really am.
Retired on disabilty, Dean holds registration as a licensed Professional Fire Protection Engineer (CT) and has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Dean also holds certification from the Board of Certified Fire Protection Specialists. He has received the Standards Medal from the National Fire Protection Association and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, as well as several other awards from various organizations.
Dean has written over 350 magazine articles and book chapters for technical and business publications. He has written over 250 blog posts. Dean is also a nationally known conference speaker and seminar leader on various fire protection, adult learning, and communications issues.
The Early Years
Dean was raised in Bradford, PA. Dean and his family were devoted members of the Hill Memorial Evangelical United Brethren Church. During his formative years, Dean was active in his church youth group, in the church choir, in Youth for Christ International, and led a traveling Gospel singing team. While in junior and senior high school, Dean was a student apprentice at the local radio station, WESB, and served as chief engineer for the local little theater group, Arena Playhouse Productions.
Dean graduated from Houghton College (NY) in 1968 with a BA degree in Writing and Psychology. During college, Dean worked as a member of the college staff, serving as Director of Auditorium Operations, Nightwatchman, and also as a Printer for the Houghton College Press. He also served as a member, officer, and fire marshal of the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department of the Caneadea Fire District. For two years, Dean was appointed by the Chairperson of the English Department of Houghton College, Dr. Josephine G. Rickard, to serve as the managing editor of the weekly newspaper, The Houghton Star.
In July of 1968, Dean married the former Shirley Willink, now a retired public school music teacher, who currently serves as a church and children's music consultant, and who remains his most faithful and best friend.
Career HighlightsFollowing graduation from college and until July of 1969, Dean worked for the Houghton College Press.
From July, 1969 through 1998, Dean worked in various capacities for Factory Insurance Association (later known as Industrial Risk Insurers) including as a fire protection engineer, research engineer, and director of training.
From 1999 until he became disabled in July of 2003, Dean worked as a senior engineer for Hughes Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in fire protection engineering and research.
In addition to his work in fire protection, Dean has had a lifelong interest in audio recording, audio production, and commercial radio broadcasting. He has worked at several radio stations including WESB in Bradford, PA;
WJSL in Houghton, NY; WIHS in Middletown, CT; and
CRIS (Connecticut Radio Information Service for the Blind) in Wethersfield, CT. Dean has also appeared as a guest on several programs at WMBI in Chicago, IL, the flagship station of the Moody Bible Institute Radio Network.
Current Assignments and Activities
Dean now volunteers as the lay preacher for Redeemer Presbyterian Church. You may learn more about this newly formed church by clicking here.
Dean also currently volunteers to assist Dr. David and Karen Mains of Mainstay Ministries in certain aspects of their ministry, including the following websites:
In addition, Dean serves as co-editor of The Moore-Wilson Signaling Report. He writes a bi-monthly column for the
IMSA Journal. And, he continues to assist his friends and acquaintances by answering fire protection questions posed in e-mails or by telephone.