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.

A Fading Art “The Nozzle”


A fading ART
A fading ART
Technology can be a good thing, but it`s not the only thing. I write on a computer, but it doesn`t make me Hemingway.
The artist needs his tools–good tools, and enough of them–but Homer Simpson with a finely crafted precision brush will never approximate Picasso.
And so it is with the fire service and the rapidly becoming lost art of firefighting.
I have long thought about the art side of the business. It`s the really exciting part. A recent conversation reminded me that the same nozzle placed in the hands of two different people can yield very different results on the same fire. There are good nozzlemen and not-so-good nozzlemen. There are artists, and there are Picasso wannabes with nice tools.
Firefighting is in fact an art, a brutal art though it is. The nozzleman artist cannot predict how exactly he will achieve rapid knockdown of a particular fire in a given structure. The firefighting art is an instantaneously evolving, second-by-second process. What makes it even more appealing is that you never play the music the same way twice and it takes an orchestra to do it right.
I`m not surprised that the art seems to have been given a back-row seat in this fire service. In our culture, it`s easy to trace a growing acceptance of technology passed off as the art itself. We`ve grown so enamored of the computer chip we`ve almost forgotten how to think. We must, of course, be a better fire service because our tools are so much more sophisticated and refined than they were 30 years ago.
Identifying why fireground injury and death rates have increased in the past two decades will spark spirited discussion, but I submit simply that the root of this disturbing trend is our diminishing number of artists and our reluctance to cultivate them.
Firefighting is seen by most as strictly a technical endeavor. That`s far from true. Though fireground success is realized in part through muscle and technical use of powerful hardware, the creative, mental aspects of the job are most often the real difference between life and death or between a single- and multiple-alarm fire. Often those who make the real difference somehow “just feel it”: The “softer side of firefighting” is no oxymoron, and it is not exclusive to customer service initiatives and so on.
But the fire service as a whole operates in ceaseless pursuit of a quick technological fix that never comes. What is the newest technology that will answer all our firefighting problems?
We comfort ourselves with this approach because it`s easier and places less responsibility where it belongs. Art is hard. The total commitment it demands runs counter to a distracted fire service that really doesn`t want to fight fires anymore.
And it shows. The records are littered with fireground failures proving that the artistry is in short supply. When we say “get back to basics,” we don`t just mean “let`s practice handline stretches” but also “let`s rediscover the thinking, creative, art side of firefighting.” The Tom Brennans of this world–the rare treasures–are what they are because they know the well-played handline stretch exists as an integral harmony within the orchestral score–a beautiful piece of music.
Today everyone is a “technician” of some sort. We`re missing a vital point.
Technology and technical expertise are very important. We must continue to seek new innovations and improve technical proficiency. Be certain, however, that the best nozzle or pump or fan or extinguishing agent or thermal imager–and just being certified to use them–cannot and never will substitute for the experienced, well-trained firefighter artist.


Water On The Fire “Seminars & Conferences”


Almost all fires require the use of water for extinguishment. There are so many options when
it comes to hose and nozzle packages, that a complete and proper understanding of the water delivery system is critical. Once you have selected the best hose and nozzle package to fit your needs, you must now come up with the best set up for your apparatus. Practical knowledge and experience, not price, should be the driving factor for your next hose and nozzle purchase. Remember, as the first line goes, so goes the fire.

This program will cover all aspects of hose and nozzle options, the selection process,
and best practices for storage and deployment on your apparatus. We will also cover stretching, charging, flowing, advancing, and repacking. An attack line of proper size and length must be stretched at all fires, but more importantly, it must be staffed for success. The size, length, deployment location, and staffing for the first line are the most critical things to consider when arriving at a working fire.

Utilizing pictures and videos of fire incidents either commanded or worked by the speaker, you will see firsthand the importance of putting WATER ON THE FIRE. The opinions given in this one day, high energy presentation are based on the speaker’s experiences, both good and bad. You will get objective and experienced based information and options that are supported by Science and Research, and are backed by highly experienced firefighters and fire officers. All attendees will leave with a better understanding of water delivery through proper hose and nozzle selection, as well as tips for knowing when and where to stretch the first, second, and additional attack lines at a working fire.

More and more, we are seeing the need for two or more lines to be stretched at the fires of today and tomorrow. These lines are not always used in the traditional fashion of the 2nd line backs up the first, but may support it through attack from a different vantage point. The finer points of attack line tactics, as well as understanding the Desired Flow, Desired Reach, and Desired Combat Mobility of each line to achieve maximum results at your next fire will be discussed.

To support your initial fire attack, this seminar will also cover water supply through the use of the booster back up method, as well as supply hose bed options to ultimately take full advantage of hydrant water supply. An adequate and sustained water supply is imperative, and so many times fire departments catch hydrants without fully tapping into the available water. Forward, reverse, and split lays will also be covered to back up the booster attack. The ultimate goal is to extinguish your fire as efficiently, safely, and professionally as possible. “Hit it Hard, Hit it Fast, & Back it Up”


1. Nozzle selection
2. Attack hose selection
3. Nozzle and hose combinations
4. Supply hose options and storage
5. Water supply appliances for larger flows
6. First line selection, length, location, and staffing
7. Second line selection, length, location, and staffing
8. Positions on the Residential Attack Line
9. Positions on the Commercial Attack Line
10. Master Stream Devices

This can be a One Day, Two day, or Three days with a Hands On Day.



Checkout this LINE UP! Brothers that love the job and have some serious PASSION for sharing. All other CFT Fire Schools already SOLD OUT, but this one still has open spots. Register TODAY!

CFT Fire School – Carol Stream, IL

The CFT Fire School is a Three Tactics School that travels around the country. We bring it to you. You provide the facility and we take care of the rest.


Limited Supply

Leadership & Tactics Seminar

3 Days of Leadership & Tactics
Pensacola Beach
February 6-8, 2018
Hampton Inn on Pensacola Beach
Rooms $85 a night with Free Breakfast. Social Networking each night.

Lead Instructor: Curt Isakson

Shannon Stone will teach Nuggets From The Right Seat
Price $250
Certificate Issued for Completion
All New Program with Command & Control of Fires 🔥 on top of Leadership from Experience.

Less than 10 seats left



COBC Couples Retreat 2018

Christmas Speacial!

Suprise Him or Her for Christmas with 5 Days & 4 Nights on Pensacola Beach at the Command Officer Boot Camp held at the Pensacola Beach Hilton Gulf Front. Rooms start at $155.

Starts Tuesday May 15 at 0800 and ends Thursday May 17 at 1700. Come in early on Monday for an Early Check in and Stay late Friday with a late checkout. We offer FREE SHUTTLE from Pensacola Airport. Leave the Kids with Family for a couples retreat. You will not regret it. Over 60 Wives last year with nearly 300 Attendees. Speaker Line Up is CRAZY!

If you register and something comes up, you get FULL CREDIT to any future CFT Conference.

$300 Couples Christmas Special  and includes discount wristbands for most establishments . Wristband also gets attendees free beach chairs and umbrellas.



More info on COBC 2018 at link below


Firehouse World San Diego

Dear Curt,

Congratulations, your abstracts have been chosen for the 2018 Firehouse World Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California, March 4-8, 2018.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Presentation Type: Main Conference Session (1.5 hours)
Presentation Title: Engine Company Operations: Gallons Per Second (Update)
Location: San Diego Convention Center

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Presentation Type: Main Conference Session (1.5 hours)
Presentation Title: Engine Company Operations: Weapons Selection for Today’s Fires
Location: San Diego Convention Center