True Confessions and Concessions…The Fire Service Labor/Management Relations Experience

County Fire Tactics Officer Development Program Day 8 this Tuesday at Midway Station 37. 1801 Abercrombie Road, Gulf Breeze

Class 08:30-4:30 with social after class. $10 to cover coffee, drinks, & lunch. Open to anyone wanting to attend. To confirm seat email

True Confessions and Concessions…The Fire Service Labor/Management Relations Experience
It holds true that the fire service continues to rapidly change and the word “efficiency” is used often internally as well as externally in the quest to operate our services more efficiently. Efficiency is not just about costs, controls and our budgets. In order for us to have vision, grow and sustain the services we deliver in our respective agencies we must look at our internal relationships, interests and acknowledge our shared values – Pride, Passion, and Tradition to individually and organizationally, be the best we can be. Reaching outside of our comfort zones as we search for creative and better ways to secure and sustain our future, creates uncertainty. Mutual and combined efforts requires trust and confidence to navigate the good times as well as the challenges we are faced with.

This informative and interactive program is presented from first-hand experiences, lessons learned as well as strategies developed for success.


Chief Rick Talbert serves as the Fire Chief for the South Walton Fire District FL.

Scott Guyne currently serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the South Walton Fire District and is currently president of the Professional Firefighters of South Walton, Local 3516

County Fire Tactics “Fire Tactics School” May 16-18, 2017

County Fire Tactics “Tactics School” will be May 16-18, 2017 on Pensacola Beach. This is an Engine and Truck type School, covering both Engine and Truck Tactics. This three day Tactics School will run simultaneously with Command Officer Boot Camp. All COBC and CFT Fire Tactics School Attendees will get Free Shuttle from the Pensacola Airport on Monday and returned on Friday. Attendees DO NOT NEED A CAR. If you fly, we will provide air pack. If you drive we request you bring an air pack. This three day school will cover all tactics necessary at your Bread & Butter Fires. Attendees will force real doors that CRUSH and actually get to PULL LOCKS. We will also cover RIT Deployment and Survival Techniques. This is basically the Engine & Truck School we offered last May during COBC, but w

Registration is currently $250 for all three days, but will be $350 very soon. Spots are very limited based on this being primarily  Hands On.

Lead Instructor: Curt Isakson with other Experienced CFT Instructors

Tactics to be Covered

Water Supply “The 300′ Drill”

Apparatus Positioning to include Aerial Placement

Stretching & Operating the first three lines

Flowing Big Water and Line Management

Weapon Selection and how to do a department nozzle evaluation

Standpipe Hookups and Stairwell stretches

Forcible Entry to Include Through the lock and Saw Operations

Roof Operations and Cutting

RIT Operations and Survival to include Rope Searches.

This program is for certified firefighters that are in good physical condition. The Hands-On will be fast paced with little down time.




Rapidly Changing Fire Conditions “Dallas Experience”

One Story Ranch with add on in the rear. This is one of those fires where the nozzle must go first and we must have a 2nd Line at the door. These are very common in Northwest Florida. I have had some close calls with these type houses and add ons. I remember one particular fire where the back windows failed and the wind was from the charlie side like Firefighter Patterson refers to at his fire, where he got burned. We just got lucky the night we had ours and the add on and held up.  We only get lucky so many times, so training and remembering it can happen to us is critical for continued growth/experience.  Great Interview and thanks to Dallas for posting this on youtube. Thanks to Bill Carey/Firefighternation for posting.

The photo below to some may seem sissified or not aggressive, but I think it’s smart to keep you/us from getting burned. The photo below shows the 2nd Line flowing overhead as the First Moves in with purpose. I was at Firehouse World in San Diego the last 5 Days and while talking to other firefighters from around the country, seems more and more close calls with Rapidly Changing Fire Conditions. You Can Dry Stuff Out, But You Can’t Unburn it. Stretch the Line, Call For Water, Get a Good Flow Pressure while watering the grass. Then PUSH IN! Always remembering to consider the door and keeping it closed until you’re ready for Entry. A Coordinated Fire Attack is more important today than ever before. Water Application before ventilation/allowing fuel to receive O2 is Critical. The Days of going ahead of a nozzle team are just about over. Going opposite the nozzle team is different than going ahead of. Let the Nozzle Team Push in, do it’s job and use the line as a reference tool and confidence to aggressively SEARCH.


HROC 2017 Registration Open

Currently $250 for full conference registration. This includes the Free Shuttle to & from the Pensacola Airport. 20% off wristband for Island Establishments and Free Beer Daily.  Conference has SOLD OUT the last four years. Price will be $350 soon.