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.

WILL YOU BE IN THE CLUB? FEW SEATS REMAIN, TAKE YOURS TODAY, JOIN CFT 100 2022

Fires continue to occur across the United States in 2021, and 1,377 civilians have lost their lives in residential fires so far this year. In a moment of self reflection, ask yourself the questions below, and read on to see how CFT can make it happen for you, but act swiftly, before you miss out on the remaining opportunities.

  • What are you doing to improve your level of professional service delivery to your citizens, your fellow firefighters, and yourself?
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  • Have you started an attainable goal list, something you can and will actually accomplish?
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  • Did you have to put off going to some education with all of the life changing events occurring around the globe over the last 18 months?
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  • Have you recently promoted to a new position or are seeking an edge to achieve that staton or company assignment you have always wanted?

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MAY 10 - 12, 2022
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The CFT 100 Club provides you exclusive access to five conferences with five different themes at a mere fraction of the regular cost. Your personal investment provides an exponential rate of return, It’s Worth The Risk.

The 100 Club membership offers you a unique benefit similar to season tickets for baseball or football. You can split the conference passes between your friends and coworkers.

Consider this fictitious example … you know you want to attend COBC and HROC in 2022. The retail price to attend $1100. First Ah ha moment … I can purchase CFT 100 for only $1000.

Deeper thought … second Ah ha moment… I know two people who want to attend the other three conferences.

With CFT 100, you attend HROC and COBC for $400, your coworker attends WOFC and CFT Fire School for $400, and your company officer attends ODP for $200. 

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WOFC 2021 – HELP NEEDED – FREE CONFERENCE PASS & FREE BED

Looking for Five Firefighters 🚒 to help with Water 💦 On The Fire 🔥 Conference.

You will get FREE ATTENDANCE & a FREE BED 🛌 at the Hilton to sleep. Plus the most important is AWESOME 😎 BROTHERHOOD.

You would need to be available starting Monday Morning August 23rd until we breakdown Friday August 27th.

If interested email Curt Isakson at cftactics@gmail.com this is your way to get a shot at being apart of the CFT TEAM!!!

WOFC 2021 – Registration Closing Soon – Reserve Your Seat Today!

WOFC 2021 REGISTRATION, FEW SEATS REMAINING

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

County Fire Tactics (CFT) will be closing registration for WOFC 2021 soon. We have surpassed 450 attendees, and only 15 seats remain …

WOFC 2021 is a conference in high demand for firefighters with our line up professional and inspiring speakers, and our Hands On Training (HOT) Sessions. Thursday we announced on CF Tactics Facebook page that less than 20 seats remained available for attendees.

Find more important WOFC 2021 updates here …

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

CFT’s Water on The Fire Conference (WOFC) is engine company operations focused, but includes a few truck company function presentations. In our modern fire environment, shown through countless UL FSRI studies, a coordinated fire attack requires the collaboration of engine and truck functions for victim survival and extinguishment by placing water on the fire.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

WOFC 2021 will kick start each morning with a keynote speaker presentation from Tim Klett on Tuesday, Ray McCormack, on Wednesday, and Curt Isakson on Thursday.

LECTURE PRESENTATIONS & HOT SESSIONS

WOFC 2021 will feature lecture presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday from nine different speakers.

August 24th, 2021

  • Tim Klett
  • Jerry Herbst
  • Chris Martin
  • Brian Brush
  • Mike Ciampo

August 25th, 2021

  • Ray McCormack
  • Daryl Liggins
  • Jay Blake
  • Jon Hall

August 26th, 2021

After the keynote, attendees will have nine different HOT sessions to choose from, or a full day lecture option.

Full Day Lecture Session
  • Hydrants to Nozzles (LeGear)
1/3 Day HOT Session (Two  AM, One PM)
  • Bulk Bed Stretches (Liggins – Klett)
  • Hoseline Choices (Edwards – Stone)
  • ULFSRI Hallway (Stakes – Alt)
  • Can Confidence (Wheaton)
  • Preconnects (Hall – Blake)
  • Hose Packs (Brush – Romagus)
  • Forcing Doors (Ciampo)
1/2 Day HOT Session (One AM, One PM)
  • XD Nation (McCormack – Robertson)
  • Brass Tacks Hard-ER Facts (Martin – Herbst)

Last Day to Enter for Chance To WIN !!! Free WOFC 2021 & HROC 2021 Passes in Honor of 7/8 Day, The Day of the Nozzle

7/8" Day Giveaway

Enter to win free admission to either WOFC 2021 or HROC 2021.

A total of Eight (8) conference passes will be given away.

  • Four (4) WOFC 2021
  • Four (4) HROC 2021

The winners will be announced on 7.8.21, The Day of the Nozzle!

ENTER TO WIN

Tomorrow we will celebrate July 8th, 2021. In conjunction with the celebration you have the opportunity to WIN FREE CFT Conference Passes, Do Not Miss This Opportunity !!!! More information on entering this contest is listed below !!!

County Fire Tactics, Eklhart Brass, and firefighters across the world will celebrate 7/8″ day, the “Day of the Nozzle.” In recognition of this annual celebration Elkhart Brass is doing a HUGE GIVE AWAY to benefit firefighters.

Chris “Stretch” Martin announced in the video below that Elkhart Brass is giving away four (4) free passes to both WOFC 2021, and HROC 2021.

That is simply HUGE, eight free passes available for two CFT conferences. Who does something like that… Elkhart Brass does !!!

Elkhart Brass is also selling some promotional items to help you display your smooth bore pride and honor 7/8″ day with sticker bundles, and apparel.

Watch the video below from Elkhart Brass, and use the this link to access the entry form for the giveaway.

Also check out Elkhart’s 70+ Engine Company Operations educational video’s from their Brass Tacks Hard Facts series. Many of the instructors featured in these video’s will be teaching at WOFC 2021.

WOFC 2021 – Keynote Presenters, Speakers, and HOT Sessions

County Fire Tactics (CFT) has confirmed our tentative schedule of keynote speakers, lecture presenters, and hands on training (HOT) instructors for the 2021 Water on the Fire Conference (WOFC).

This event will be held August 24th – 26th, 2021 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach, overlooking the emerald coast waters, and magnificent white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

CFT’s Water on The Fire Conference (WOFC) is engine company operations focused, but includes a few truck company function presentations. In our modern fire environment, shown through countless UL FSRI studies, a coordinated fire attack requires the collaboration of engine and truck functions for victim survival and extinguishment by placing water on the fire.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

WOFC 2021 will kick start each morning with a keynote speaker presentation from Tim Klett on Tuesday, Ray McCormack, on Wednesday, and Curt Isakson on Thursday.

LECTURE PRESENTATIONS & HOT SESSIONS

WOFC 2021 will feature lecture presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday from nine different speakers.

August 24th, 2021

  • Tim Klett
  • Jerry Herbst
  • Chris Martin
  • Brian Brush
  • Mike Ciampo

August 25th, 2021

  • Ray McCormack
  • Daryl Liggins
  • Jay Blake
  • Jon Hall

August 26th, 2021

After the keynote, attendees will have nine different HOT sessions to choose from, or a full day lecture option.

Full Day Lecture Session
  • Hydrants to Nozzles (LeGear)
1/3 Day HOT Session (Two  AM, One PM)
  • Bulk Bed Stretches (Liggins – Klett)
  • Hoseline Choices (Edwards – Stone)
  • ULFSRI Hallway (Stakes – Alt)
  • Can Confidence (Wheaton)
  • Preconnects (Hall – Blake)
  • Hose Packs (Brush – Romagus)
  • Forcing Doors (Ciampo)
1/2 Day HOT Session (One AM, One PM)
  • XD Nation (McCormack – Robertson)
  • Brass Tacks Hard-ER Facts (Martin – Herbst)

REGISTRATION & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

7/8 Day of the Nozzle, Free WOFC 2021 & HROC 2021 Passes

7/8" Day Giveaway

Enter to win free admission to either WOFC 2021 or HROC 2021.

A total of Eight (8) conference passes will be given away.

  • Four (4) WOFC 2021
  • Four (4) HROC 2021

The winners will be announced on 7.8.21, The Day of the Nozzle!

ENTER TO WIN

In only two weeks, on July 8th, 2021, County Fire Tactics, Eklhart Brass, and firefighters across the world will celebrate 7/8″ day, the “Day of the Nozzle.” In recognition of this annual celebration Elkhart Brass is doing a HUGE GIVE AWAY to benefit firefighters.

Chris “Stretch” Martin announced in the video below that Elkhart Brass is giving away four (4) free passes to both WOFC 2021, and HROC 2021.

That is simply HUGE, eight free passes available for two CFT conferences. Who does something like that… Elkhart Brass does !!!

Elkhart Brass is also selling some promotional items to help you display your smooth bore pride and honor 7/8″ day with sticker bundles, and apparel.

Watch the video below from Elkhart Brass, and use the this link to access the entry form for the giveaway.

Also check out Elkhart’s 70+ Engine Company Operations educational video’s from their Brass Tacks Hard Facts series. Many of the instructors featured in these video’s will be teaching at WOFC 2021.

WOFC 2021 – HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE

WOFC 2021 - HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE

County Fire Tactics has negotiated additional group rate hotel rooms on Pensacola Beach during WOFC 2021. Take advantage of these rates as the rooms will sell out fast. We are thankful for the support from the beach hotels in extending more of these crazy low rates to our attendees.

  • Links, Discount Codes, and Hotel Information below the photo.

If you get closed out of rooms on the beach, two additional nearby off the beach hotels in Gulf Breeze are listed below. CFT does not have group rates for these hotels. Staying in a Gulf Breeze will require you making your own arrangements to get to the daily conference activities.

Pensacola Beach Hotels

SOLD OUT !!!

Discount Code “WOTF”

FROM $185.00

Discount Code “WOF

FROM $185.00

Discount Code “CFT

UNDER $150.00

No Discount Code

Gulf Breeze Hotels

UNDER $200.00

UNDER $200.00

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WOFC 2021 COUNTDOWN & UPDATES

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County Fire Tactics (CFT) is excited to begin the final countdown to Water on The Fire Conference (WOFC), August 24th-26th, 2021.

WOFC 2021 will feature a lineup of speakers and hands on instructors from the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, and places in between. Their expertise covers street level firefighting, fire equipment manufacturing, and firefighting science.

Bookmark this webpage, all updates pushed out between now and the start of WOFC 2021 will appear below. Register before it’s too late !!!

WOFC 2021 UPDATES

Fire Ground Communication – Opposing Fields of View

Communicating clearly and effectively during emergency operations is paramount to the overall safety and success of the incident for both firefighters and civilians. To reinforce this statement, NIOSH has identified communication as one of the top five (5) casual factors of firefighter deaths and injuries on the fireground. The last few years have taught us that opposing fields of view tend to sway decision-making.

Varying fields of view drive incident operations from the onset of a 911 call. The dispatcher may adjust the number of apparatus responding based on the initial report or the number of calls received. In some systems, a dispatcher may independently “load the box” and subsequently notify the first due units that their field of view tells them there is likely a working fire. Anticipation builds, and the responding companies begin to review their potential actions.

Based on the information from the dispatcher, the responding units wait with bated breath for the first arriving unit to perform an incident size up and transmit that point of view or perspective to the remaining companies on the assignment. When the first unit arrives and reports a working incident, the other companies accept this perspective at face value and act accordingly, arriving on the scene ready to work and ready to follow the orders from command to bring the situation under control.

Once units are operating on the fire scene at the task level and engaged in battle with the enemy, the word to retreat or change their assignment creates both a factual and emotional response. From an emotional perspective, it can be seen as defeat or the inability to finish a previously assigned task. Factually units may transmit their myopic view in an attempt to delay following through on the order, or suggest an alternative, and therein lies the problem.

Most firefighters accept the communication trail from 911 through the scene size-up as pure facts from which the incident commander will make decisions and orders followed based on perspectives. But why do firefighters suddenly feel disbelief of the communicated orders when the incident commander changes the operational mode from offensive to defensive or reassigns units to new tasks?

Everyone has a perspective and a way they see or interpret the facts and feelings of a situation. But when the incident commander issues an order, we need to comply in good faith. The chief in the street has their perspective on the tempo and success of the operation. That chief is also ultimately responsible for ensuring a safe return home for all members under their command at the end of their shift.

Below are two videos capturing the narrative above and displaying opposing views from the incident commander to the task level boots on the ground. Further, a great article from Captain Bill Gustin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue further exploring this topic is framed below.

Fire Ground Communication Opposing Views # 1

Fire Ground Communication Opposing Views # 2

The following is “framed content” from FireEngineering.com.

“FB Live” People Before Water & Loving The Job – June 1st, 2021 10:00 CST

County Fire Tactics is returning to the office tomorrow with a live webcast titled “People Before Water & Loving the Job.” This will be Chief Isakson’s first “Passion From the Dock in 2021.” The event will begin June 1st, 2021 at 10:00 am CST on CF Tactics Facebook Live.

The dockside presentation will build on the May 2021 article in Firehouse Magazine and reinforce that it is okay to be into the job, love your line of work, be passionate about your craft, and have mutual respect for people who do not.

Chief Isakson’s passion for “People Before Water” tactical decision-making is not simply “lip service.” He backs it up with real multi-company coordinated fire attack events in single-family, and multi-family occupancies.

Only a few days ago on Friday, May 28th, 2021, Chief Isakson utilized this tactic at the Sandstones Apartments, located at 190 North Old Corry Field Road Pensacola, FL 32507. The first two engines and ladder went right to work “FOR THEM”, hitting it hard and fast with booster backup. The fourth due unit was assigned the water supply.

Local Media Coverage of the Sandstones Apartment Fire

Additional Fireground Video from the Sandstones Apartment Fire

It's Okay to Love the Job !!! - FDIC 2009 Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

The following is “framed content” from Firehouse.com.