About countyfiretactics

Curt Isakson joined the Fire Service in 1988 with the Midway Fire District. He was a Lt. Fire Inspector with the Mary Esther F.D. and also was a Firefighter/Lt. for nine years with the Pensacola Fire Dept. Curt joined the Newly formed Escambia County Fire Rescue in March of 2000 as the first Training Officer. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in January of 2004 were he is currently the Chief of Special Operations and Charlie Watch. Curt teaches on the national level at FDIC as Hot Instructor/Classroom Workshop Speaker. Curt has been a part of the Training Division for Three Different Fire Departments with three different disciplines. Curt also provides monthly contract training to multiple departments and owns Suburban Fire Training LLC.

The Deputy Chief’s Legacy

Excellent Article by my friend Kevin Burns. He is in his last few years and still reads, trains, attends seminars & Conferences, and has fire service mentors/people he looks to for advice. A True Chief/Leader that is looking to be his best for the firefighters he leads. Take the time to click link and read. Excellent Points!





Captain Todd Edwards from Atlanta Fire will teach Day 4 of the CFT ODP on Wednesday February 1. Leading From The Front; Strategy & Tactics for Success.

Captain Todd Edwards has over 30 years of fire service experience. Starting at 16 years old for a small combination department in Ohio, Captain Edwards has spent the past 28 years with the city of Atlanta. Captain Edwards is the lead instructor for the departments Acting Officer Program, Flashover/Flow path training, and serves as an adjunct instructor for recruit training, leadership programs, and instructor certification courses.
Captain Edwards also works as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and lead instructor for Walton County Fire/Rescue. Captain Edwards has written numerous training programs utilized by both departments and has been recognized numerous times, including the Award of Merit for Bravery.

Head First Ladder Bail

Training Nugget. When training on Head First Ladder Bail keep feet together and toes down. Also continue down the ladder until you reach the ground based on multiple other firefighters could be behind you and it also prevents back injuires from not rotating.

FEET TOGETHER AND TOES DOWN! Keep Going and until you reach the ground.

First photo shows Captain Lombardo with feet together and toes down. Second photo shows what happens when don’t keep your feet together and toes down. Third photo shows why you should have a plan and be able to get out fast and down & out of the way.

Photos by John Cetrino http://www.johncetrino.com or check his work out on Instagram.



High Performers & Low Performers

Fire Engineering Training Community

Dear Supervisor, I’m Confused.
by Jarrod Sergi
May 6, 2016
Dear Supervisors,
I have started to grow increasingly confused and frustrated. This frustration ripples throughout our fire service. It is something I hear from firefighters who work in all parts of the country. It seems lately that more attention is being shifted to those who are putting themselves out there and bleeding with passion for their careers. Why are you having conversations with some of your members about training too much or how they need to slow down? Are you having the more important conversations with your officers that are doing nothing at all? You know the ones who just show up, exist, piss you off on the fireground. The ones who don’t train their crews and continue to shirk responsibility. The same ones who become good firefighters or officers because they are “nice guys” and socially acceptable, yet know nothing about their jobs. You know them well, you walk by them all the time and say nothing.
Why is it easier to silence and stifle the passionate while empowering the do-nothing’s that continually fail to contribute? Are you helping them be a constant drain on the department by not saying anything to them? Of course they will continue on that path. Is it just too much work for you to say anything? Because it seems so simple to go after the complete opposite.
Why is it that I see hungry and driven firefighters who are bleeding with passion continually shoved in a corner? Demotivated guys and girls who now sit idle because they were pinned down under their so-called leaders boots. Making too much noise? Rocking your boat? Why has it grown easier to counsel firefighters that are simply trying to spread a message of intolerance to mediocrity and thirst for excellence? How are you comfortable with not saying anything to the ones who will be the real problem when the bell hits?
I wish I could find the answers to all of these. Maybe I could stop beating my head against the wall in frustration. Until then remember this: We the passionate will be the ones who move this place forward. We the passionate will be the successful on the fireground. It is we the passionate who will continue to push hard even in the midst of others apathy. Spill your breath onto the ones who need it, or you will see your frontrunners dip to the back of the pack while their motivation dissipates.


Your Passionate Subordinates

CFT ODP Day 3 Mastering Our Craft

CFT ODP Day 3 next Monday January 23 will be Mastering Our Craft “Respected vs Liked”. Understanding the Four Es. Chief Curt Isakson will cover Life Experiences that have focused his career and vision for the future.
Class is at Midway Station 37 08:30-16:30. A few spots available for Monday. Contact Curt to see if a spot is available.