About countyfiretactics

Curt Isakson is a 27 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments. Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country. He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.

CFT FIRE SCHOOL February 4-6

We added Mike Ciampo covering Truck Company Operations, to include Tower Ladder Operations. Heavy Forcible Entry utilizing four different door props. They will be set up in four different scenarios. This will be excellent regardless of experience.

Ray McCormack will lead the Engine Company Operations Track with different Hands On Scenarios. Pre connects to Hook Up & Go Up!! Standpipe Operations at the Hilton to include Elevator Operations in Tall Buildings.

Ray & Curt will talk Urban to Suburban Tactics and also be available for student interaction.

This is a 1st of it’s kind on Pensacola Beach. This has been called Leadership & Tactics in the past and we have added all levels to include HOT. The New Name is CFT Fire School.

$325 for FULL REGISTRATION & you can add a buddy for $175 to help split Hotel cost that is only $99 a night. FREE AIRPORT shuttles on Monday February 3 & Friday February 7.


CFT Followers Reminder

Command Officer Boot Camp 2020

There are over 150 Significant Others already registered and only 20 of these spots left. There are only 100 Fire Spots left and the cost will be $550 soon. This years COBC will be the biggest to date and have the largest number of speakers.


Pensacola Beach

ODP Attendee Update

Hello CFT ODP Attendees,
We’re just about two weeks away from the Third Annual Officer Development Program On Pensacola Beach. This year’s program will cover Chief Mike Terpak’s Book, Fireground Size-Up from cover to cover. There will be an opportunity for all attendees to get their book signed. 

All attendees will be able to check in on Sunday afternoon in the Oleander Room on the 1st Floor of the Hilton. This program requires 100% attendance to get the official certificate on Friday at 1700 Hours.

The agenda is 0800-1700 Monday through Friday with organized dinner socials each night. The Hilton Breakfast Buffet will open each morning at 0600 for $9 and this includes to order omelets. The Hilton is also providing lunch specials each day that will guarantee a great lunch in a reasonable amount of time. 

We will provide shuttles on Sunday until 2100 hours and Saturday morninguntil 1100. Please email cftactics@gmail.com your arrival time into the Pensacola Airport and the number of people in your party. We will coordinate your ride back to the airport Saturday while you are here that week.

This is a business casual as a minimum for dress code and we encourage you to wear your Class A “no cap” or Class B with tie on Monday to open up this five day program. If your organization doesn’t allow the wearing of your Class A, then a tie and coat would be nice. A collared shirt is Minimum we request. No! We will not kick you out for not complying.

Please make sure your room is reserved at the Pensacola Beach Hilton. There are still rooms at $99 a night Available. The code COF.Please ask for Misty in Banquets for the $99 price if you have any issues with the code.

We also have a few 3 bedroom condo suites with full kitchen available for $299 a night that sleep 4 very comfortably. We encourage all attendees to stay at the Hilton. You will have time to go back to your room for breaks and lunch. Most that do not stay at the Hilton regret it. Please contact Curt for the 3 bedroom suites at (850)393-0581 or cftactics@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in a little over 2 weeks!

Any Questions can be directed to
Curt Isakson at cftactics@gmail.com
(850) 393-0581


Still $475 until Christmas Day. 40 Hour Officer Development Program. All Registered Attendees get the 2nd Edition Fireground Size-Up Book. Rooms Still only $99 at the Hilton for a Double Queen Room or $159 for a suite that sleeps up to 5 “2 queen beds, set of adult size bunkbeds that real comfortable & a separate room with pullout couch. Hilton Code COF or Call Misty Pacheco at 850 343-6795 to reserve room. More info

Chief Mike Terpak will cover his book that all attendees will receive on Monday morning of the program.

CFT Officer Development Program “January 13-17”

Chief Curt Isakson will teach Tuesday & Thursday
Chief Isakson will cover Tactical Command and the importance of strong Tactics.

CFT Officer Development Program “January 13-17”

County Fire Tactics 40 Hour Officer Development Program

January 13-17, 2020 on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton Convention Center. Great Program for Chief Officers, Company Officers, and Firefighters looking to promote. We do have some multi-room condo suite available for departments wanting to send a group of Officers. Please email cftactics@gmail.com for group rates, more information, and the availability of reserving a large condo suite for the week.

You can also contact Curt Isakson by phone (850) 393-0581

Last Chance for the $475 that includes the 2nd Edition of Fireground Size-Up by Chief Terpak. Price going to $550. This One of a kind forty hour Strategy & Tactics Program will assist anyone in their next promational exam; regardless of rank. This is a program designed to assist all ranks in the understanding of Building Construction, types of Occupancy, and the strategy & tactics to use. This program will cover Chief Terpaks book cover to cover.  All attendees are required to dress business casual with a minimum of a collared shirt. Class will start daily at 0800 and finish until 1700 each day. There will be nightly dinner socials to make the most out of the full week program. This is not your typical training conference or seminar. It is a True Proffessional Developmental Program that requires a significant commitment. Offical CFT ODP Certificates will be issued of Friday at the completion of the program. Florida Firefighters will receive 40 Hours of Credit/CEUs. Hotel rooms start at $80 and will be $99 at the Pensacola Beach Hilton Convention Center where the program is held in the Grand ballroom. Parking is free at the hotel and free shuttles provided to & from the Pensacola Airport. This program is locked at 250 attendees and is pretty close to being SOLD OUT! Don’t Wait. Books will be issued first thing Monday morning.

Links below with more info and to register.

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Engine Company Operations “Water on the Fire” – Pelham, AL – Thursday, November 7, 2019

The old adage: “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff'” still stands today. The fire service continues to rely on water as our primary means of extinguishment. Even though we have made tremendous advances in apparatus, bunker gear, and thermal imaging technology, WATER is still the most widely used and the most effective extinguishing agent at the majority of structure fires. We have added large diameter supply and 1.75″ attack hose to move this water from its source to the seat of the fire for final extinguishment. With these advances, we must not forget the longtime mainstays of the fire service: two and one-half inch hose combined with low pressure nozzles are still highly effective and needed to move/deliver water to its final destination…the burning solid fuels.

This class will examine how to maximize hydrant flows, booster tank efficiency, and final delivery through both 1.75″ and 2.5″ hose. We will cover when to use LDH vs 2.5″ or 3″ hose as your supply/feeder lines. After choosing your water supply line, you must move forward to the attack line and understand when to choose 2.5″ over 1.75″, or when to use multiple 1.75″ flanking attack lines over one 2.5″. Then there is the fire beyond the single 2.5″ and that is the time to go big. Before going big, you must ensure you have the supply to do so. After going big, the class will cover the pros and cons of all size fire hose in relation to moving water and utilizing all types of master stream devices. When utilizing master stream devices, you must understand the tip size, its flow, and the variables surrounding each tip size. The final chapter of this class will be defensive and offensive modes of attack together for the best overall fire extinguishment possibilities. These most efficient fire extinguishment possibilities can only be effective if you have a complete understanding of how to get WATER on the FIRE!

Chief Mike Terpak at CFT ODP 2020

Chief Terpak will lead the CFT ODP in January on Pensacola Beach. Curt Isakson will fill in on some parts. This 40 Hour Program will cover a large portion of the topics below.


Fire Officer Series

Course Syllabus for all seminars


EXPERIENCED BASED TACTICS for the Engine – Truck and Chief

This NEW educational series identifies the different responsibilities for the Engine, Ladder and Chief as they arrive and go to work at the different type occupancieslisted.

Each of the listed occupancy/buildings is presented as 3 or 6 -hour program depending the occupancy(s) you choose. These programs are based on the NEW text, Fire Ground Size-Up, 2nd. edition. Class examples include:


* Private Dwellings

* Multiple Dwellings

* Row frames and Brownstones

* Taxpayers and Strip Malls

* Warehouses, Factories and Loft Buildings

* Garden Apartments and Townhouses

* Churches

* Residential and Commercial Office High-Rises

* High-Rise Buildings Under Construction

* Vacant Structures


Course Competencies: Students will be able to:

* Identify Fire Ground Size-Up responsibilities for effective decision making.

* Identify hose line selection, stretch and placement responsibilities.

* Understand the tools and tactics necessary for timed vent and search techniques.

* Utilize a practical approach to scene management and control.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: This seminar is a MUST for every current or future fire officer! Knowing when to stay or when to go are the critical factors outlined in this seminar. Situational Awareness, or the lack of it, is a consistent series of factors that leads to the success or failure of an emergency incident. Touted as one of our most popular programs, this seminar is a 6-hour (full day) seminar designed to enhance your anticipative skills. 

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Understand how we make decisions.

* Recognize the Pre-incident Information Need. (PIN)

* Utilize alarm transmission information and on-scene reports to recognize as well as identify the challenges.

* Understand and identify building construction, occupancy, and height cues and their influence on your decision making. 

* Recognize how resource and response capabilities can affect your operations. 

* Assess structural involvement.

* Further recognize how the location of the fire influencetactics.

* Assess the Occupant life hazard and your decision to search, rescue and remove.

* Utilize IMS with “the radio to enhance scenemanagement and accountability.

* Recognize how time plays a critical role in your decision making. 








MODERN FIRE GROUND OPERATIONS:This program is a 6-hour comprehensive review of fire department operations in Lightweight designed buildings,followed by a comprehensive review of the NIST and UL information relating to Transitional Fire Attack. The new suggested strategy “hitting it hard from the yard has become the most heated topic in the history of the fire service!

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Identify the different Light-Weight building materials being used.

* Identify fire behavior and collapse characteristics of Light-Weight building materials.

* Establish an identification/awareness program for their departments.

* Develop an operating guideline for fires in Lightweightdesigned buildings.

* Review the NIST/UL information regarding Transitional Attack.

* Identify the positive and negative aspects of the information.

* Identify the common-sense approach.

* Identify when used and when not used.

* Provide additional methods to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of your fire ground operations. 












TRANSITIONAL ATTACK – NOT ALWAYS! This 3-hour program reviews the NIST and UL information regarding TRANSITIONAL FIRE ATTACK and presents information that you NEED to KNOW before you “hit it hard from the yard.” Don’t miss this information!

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Identify what is being said and why.

* Review the NIST/UL information.

* Identify the positive and negative aspects of the information.

* Identify the common-sense approach.

* Understand how to merge “science based” with “experience based” information.

* Identify when used and when not used.

* Provide additional methods to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of your fire ground operations. 


OPERATIONS in LIGHT-WEIGHT designed BUILDINGS: This is a 3-hour comprehensive review of the Size-Up factors necessary for a safe operation in and around structures constructed with Light-Weight components. From understanding buildingdesign to fire behavior and fire department operations; the material presented in this program is critical to getting everyone home.

Course Competencies: Students will be able to:

* Identify the different Light-Weight building materials being used.

* Discuss the reasons for their increased use in the building construction industry.

* Identify the decision-making challenges.

* Identify fire behavior and collapse characteristics of Light-Weight building materials.

* Establish an identification/awareness program for their departments.

* Develop an operating guideline for fires in Lightweightdesigned buildings.

“HOARDING” and Fire Department Operations: This concern is NOT limited to urban firefighting. Fire Departments from rural, suburban, and urban areas need to be aware of the concerns and how to effectively and safely operate in buildings full of accumulated items. Identified as one of the most dangerous buildings we can enter into,” this 3 -hour program is designed to prepare you for the unexpected. 

Course Competencies: Students will be able to:

* Understand why this occurs and buildings where this exists.

* Conduct a risk assessment at incidents.

* Recognize the challenge of increased fuel loads and rapid-fire growth.

* Identify the concerns and challenges with fire ground operations.

* Identify the challenges with victim removal and how to overcome it.

* Identify the concerns with structural collapse.

* Recognize the need to decontaminate members after the operation.

* When the situation allows, how to provide Customer Service help.


MAY-DAY/URGENT Radio guidelines and Procedures: This is a three-hour program designed to establish procedure with your members for a MAY-DAY or URGENT radio transmission. In this seminar we will identify the difficulties, the parameters, the difference between the messages, as well as when and how to transmit a message. Using actual case studies, we will present your department with a model SOP for a realistic approach to this subject.

Course Competencies: Students will be able to:

* Overcome the negative stigma with transmitting a MAY- DAY message.

* Review actual case studies and the challenges presented and overcome. 

* Explain the difference between an URGENT and MAY- DAY message.

* Identify the parameters for each message.

* Follow a simple guide/acronym for each term.

* Identify use with sample/mock exercises.

COMMAND and CONTROL through use of the F.D. RADIO: This is a 3-hour comprehensive program that focuses on a uniformed/informative and disciplined approach toward scene management and control through use of the FD radio. In this seminar we provide you with a scripted outline for the initial radio report, the alarm status report, and the incident scene progress report. Additionally, we will focus on identifying building construction, floor/occupancy designation, and the discipline needed in your radio use. By reviewing actual radio transmission clips and case studies,we will provide your department with a uniformed approach on what to say, how to say it and how it should impact your fire ground operations.

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Identify the value and purpose of a uniformed, informative and disciplined use of the  

  Fire Department radio.

* Provide a scripted and informative “initial radio report.”

* Provide and define the objective of an “alarm status report.”

* Provide and define the objective of an incident scene progress report.”

* Follow a uniformed approach on what to say” and “how to say it.”














FIRE GROUND SIZE – UP: This program is a comprehensive review of the 15-Size-Up factors necessary for an efficient, effective and safe operation. This program is designed for a current or future Company and Chief fire officer. This is NOT a basic program! Utilizing the acronym COAL TWAS WEALTHS from the textbook ” Fire ground Size-Up” this program is presented as 6hourseminar.

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Describe the 6 classes of Construction with their fire spread and collapse concerns.

* Describe the Occupancy classifications and theirinfluence on people and building  


* Describe Apparatus and Staffing resources, response,and use.

* Describe the four Life Hazard groups.

* Describe how Terrain can affect fire ground operations.

* Describe Water Supply availability, needs, and use.

* Describe the use of Auxiliary Appliances and Aides at an incident scene.

* Describe how Street Conditions can affect FD response, placement and operations.

* Describe the four Weather classifications and their impact on FD operations.

* Describe how to prioritize the Exposure challenges at an incident, how to protect them,

  as well as how to manage them. 

* Describe the Area square footage assessment, involvement and protection.

* Describe the four fire Location and Extent categorieswithin multiple construction 


* Describe how Height can influence FD operations.

* Describe how Time can and will influence your decision making.

* Describe how to group size-up factors into the Special Considerations category. 






Development and Use of Fire Ground Tactical/Command Boards: This three-hour lecture/demonstration will take the student through the design and use of a Tactical Worksheet and Command Tracking Board. Students will be able to apply tactical worksheets through a series of mock fireground scenarios utilizing their own department’s resources.

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Understand and be able to apply management terms based on incident size and 


* Assess/track assigned and responding units.

* Recognize span of control challenges.

* Decentralize an incident.

* Assign and track resources utilizing a work sheet and Command board.


STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE: This 3 – hour program reviews the different classes of construction and the inherent occupancies where collapse is most probable. In this seminar we will discuss the different types of construction with the fire spread and collapse concerns for each. Through several case studies and video footage, we provide each student with an “anticipative guide” to protect their members.

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Identify the 6 different classes of construction.

* Recognize the fire spread and collapse concerns for each.

* Identify the inherent challenges within each construction/occupancy.

* Establish a list of collapse indicators for the fire officer.

* Through a series of mock exercises, identify the concerns before collapse occurs.




Team, Large Area ROPE SEARCH: This program covers all the necessary steps your department will need in order to implement an organized rope search in large area buildings. In this seminar we will discuss the tools, the techniques, air management, and member responsibilities. The program is presented as a 3-hour lecture/demonstration with an all-day practical if requested.

Course Competencies: In a manner deemed appropriate by the instructor, students will be able to:

* Identify the necessary tools needed to conduct a large area rope search.

* Describe member and tool assignments.

* Demonstrate radio assignment and use during a search.

* Describe/demonstrate search techniques.

* Demonstrate how to track member assignments and air consumption.


Seminar Information: 

Contact us at (973)726-9538 or firegroundsizeupmt@gmail.com



* Fire Ground Size -Up: DC M. Terpak – Jersey City

* Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides: Promotional Prep

* Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics: DC M. Terpak – Jersey City

* Assessment Center Management and Supervision: DC M. Terpak – Jersey City

                                                                                  COD F. Montagne – North Hudson

* Fire Ground Operational Guides: DC F.Viscuso- Kearny NJ, DC M. Terpak Jersey City



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