Tactical Deviation in Fireground Operations Conference
Join Battalion Chief Curt Isakson as he introduces his revolutionary new program, “Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making for the Fireground,” alongside an array of supplementary insights on fireground leadership and tactics.
The program commences from 8:30pm – 4:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, making it a immersive two day journey for only 40 attendees, so register today!
Battalion Chief Curt Isakson‘s program is inspired by his recent article in the August 2023 edition of Firehouse Magazine. Here is a brief summary of his article and a link to read it in its entirety.
Command & Control Success: When to Deviate from Foundational Tactics “Curt Isakson urges fireground commanders, particularly those with county agencies, to prepare for circumstances that require “graduating beyond the basics of everyday firefighting.”
Summary of August 2023 Article
Brief Summary of the August 2023 Command & Control Success: When to Deviate from Foundational Tactics
Firefighting is built on foundational tactics that have evolved over a century. Yet, there are situations where fireground commanders need to deviate from these basics, which is referred to as “graduating beyond the basics.”
Reasons to Deviate:
- Staffing: Not having enough staff or an excess, prompting deviation. Most tactics are based on urban firefighting experiences, like the FDNY. These tactics, while proven, often come from scenarios with large, urban staffing models. Rural or suburban departments, often with less staffing, may need to adapt or deviate from these standard tactics.
- Fire Growth: Fires today can grow three times faster than 40-50 years ago. With fewer firefighters arriving at the scene, deviation might be necessary for success.
- Building and Fire Behavior: Adjustments might be needed based on the building’s construction, the extent of the fire, or how long it has been burning.
Examples of Deviation:
- Stretching two hoselines simultaneously with reduced staff.
- Using specialized nozzles for attic or void space fires when adequate staffing isn’t available.
- Directing multiple fire companies to come directly to the scene before securing a sustained water supply.
- Using an exterior hose to stop a fire from spreading before the interior attack line can get in place.
- At a motel fire in the 90s, water was flowed on the opposite side of a fire wall due to limited staffing and specific building features.
Crucial Insight: While deviation can be necessary, the fireground commander must have a deep understanding of foundational tactics. They should know when and why to apply them based on various conditions like building construction, staffing, and weather. Misapplication or miscalculation can be costly and dangerous.
Closing Thought: It’s essential to continually evaluate past practices and predict future challenges. Being open to all options can help save lives and property. Knowing when and how to deviate can make a significant difference during a fire operation.
Chief Isakson’s extenstive experience and vision led to the creation, development, and launch of the groundbreaking program, “Tactical Deviation: Circumstance Driven Decision Making on the Fireground.” This carefully and precision crafted program not only immerses attendees into a pivotal void within conventional fire scene command and control courses but also sets a new standard for comprehensive training in this domain.
Providing education in Tactical Deviation represents a significant advancement in fire scene command and control training. This new approach to circumstance driven fireground decision-making emphasizes recognizing when to deviate from time-proven tactics. Critical attention is emphasized throughout that departing from an established course or accepted standard must be a conscious decision based on the circumstances at hand and continue to align with the operational priorities of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and Property Preservation.
ATTEND FOR $99.00, HOTEL $149.00 LIMITED TIME OFFER
GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHIEF CURT ISAKSON
Curt “Ike” Isakson is a 30+ year veteran of the fire service, professional speaker, motivator, educator, and consultant with experience working in volunteer, career, and combination departments in urban, suburban, rural, and countywide settings.
He is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue in Florida where he has worked for the last 21 years. Before his time with Escambia, Curt was a Company Officer with the Pensacola Fire Department assigned to Heavy Rescue 31 for 9 years.
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