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.

Command Class “Strategic & Tactical”

November 18 and 19 at the Pensacola Beach Hilton. More info in Link. Only a few spots left. Rooms start under $100 a night. There will be nightly networking dinners to discuss Leadership & Tactics.


There are different levels of Command. Arrival, Staffing, and the overall complexity of the incident will dictate the Initial Command  necessary to properly mitigate the incident.

Nuggets From The Right Seat

Curt Isakson will open the Pre-Conference for the FREE Beach Fire CONFERENCE & Chief Shannon Stone will teach the Full Nuggets From the Right Seat Program on December 7.

Nuggets From the Right Seat
“Experience Driven Advice”
From Failure to Excellence
All too often in the fire service we train on the technical aspects of our job, but rarely do we train, teach, coach or mentor our leaders (company officers) on how to deal with the interpersonal side of our job and how to truly lead. This eight hour course is designed to give experience proven advice on how a company level officer can strive, reach, and obtain excellence. It is instructed from the perspective of a “High Performer” and reviews critical practices for company officers such as: Building the Foundation, importance of understanding Followership and creating courageous followers, the 4 Levels of Expectations, the 3 Conditions of Leadership Influence and how to create effective influence, methods of effective leadership communication, critical Operational Leadership Practices for the company officer, understanding and implementing 3 Levels of Mentoring Accountability, building Communication Platforms with your bosses and other company officers, motivating and inspiring your firefighters, dealing with problem “employees”, dealing with average to sub- standard performing employees, common company officer situations the company officer will be faced with, and much more. This class is designed to give legitimate, time proven practices that the company officer can implement immediately and see instant results. All subjects discussed in this class have been originated from on the job trial and error and from this we have found many critical practices that actually work! Regardless if you work in a large or small department, from urban or suburban, company officers face the exact same challenges. This class will give you tons of “Nuggets” on how to deal with the many challenges you will face as a front line combat company officer. Florida State Certified Firefighters can receive 8 CEU’s

Less than 40 Spots Left.

Fire 🔥 Officer Development Program
John Norman Fire Officer Handbook of Tactics 5th Edition. Chief Norman lead Instructor. January 11-15, 2021
0800-1700 all Five Days. Free Shuttle to and from the Pensacola Airport. We have maxed the class at 250 students so it’s comfortable classroom style.

Officer Development Program (ODP) 2021

Chief Norman when he was Captain of Rescue 1.
Chief Norman Lead Instructor
Chief Frank Viscuso will cover Step Up & Lead. He will also cover Step Up Your Teamwork.
Chief Isakson is the CFT ODP Coordinator and will cover County/Suburban Fire Tactics. “Time Delayed Tactics”