COBC 2021 SPOUSE SPOTS AVAILABLE, NEW COBC 2021 UPDATES

SIX UPDATES ABOUT COBC 2021

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COBC 2021 SPOUSE SPOTS AVAILABLE

  • County Fire Tactics Command Officer Boot Camp (COBC) May 11th-13th, 2021 now has a few spouse passes available for purchase.
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  • COBC 2021 Conference Name Badges and Wrist Bands are mandatory for attendee and spouse admittance.
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  • This conference is sold out with limited seating still available for spouses. Name tags will be mandatory for the conference room, spouses beach chair seating area, and CFT hospitality room. These measures are in place due to venue capacity and COVID-19.
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  • Spouses must be a “REGISTERED SPOUSE ATTENDEE” To be eligible for all of the of the perks, discounts, and complimentary items.

REGISTER NOW SPOUSE $250

  • More information about the discounts and establishments that are offering the discounts can be found on CountyFireTactics.com. New updates form this afternoon are  listed below.
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  • When the conference begins, we will have an online app for attendees with information about nightly socials, discounts, schedule, etc.
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  • In order to receive discounts from the businesses, you and your spouse will also need to wear the wristbands.

SPOUSE REGISTRATION BENEFITS

  • ACCESS TO ALL SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS.
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  • CFT sponsored airport shuttle service.
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  • COBC Spouse Breakfast exclusive event by the water.
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  • 60% OFF Hilton Breakfast Buffett – ONLY $12.00
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  • CFT Spouse hospitality room at Hilton gulf side.
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  • CFT sponsored beach chairs and stocked Yeti coolers at the Hilton beachfront area.
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  • Discounts from local restaurants and beach businesses.

COBC DINING & BEVERAGE DEALS

  • CFT Wristbands (FREE) and CFT Drink Tumblers ($) are your passes to discounts throughout the week.
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  • CFT “It’s Worth The Risk” tumblers are available in limited quantities, and are available for purchase starting on Monday May 10th, 2021.
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  • The entire island community is welcoming your arrival and stay on Pensacola Beach with dining deals covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, draft beer, mixed drinks, and more…

CURRENT DISCOUNTS ... MORE TO COME

  • Hilton $12.00 with CFT Wrist Band | Hot & Continental Breakfast Buffet
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  • Red Fish Blue Fish | All CFT Attendees 20% off all Regular Menu Items, “CFT It’s Worth the Risk Tumbler Deal” – $4.00 domestic draft beer.
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  • Water Pig BBQ | All CFT Attendees 20% off all Regular Menu Items, “CFT It’s Worth the Risk Tumbler Deal” – $4.00 domestic draft beer.
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  • Shaggy’s | All CFT Attendees 20% off Full Menu, “CFT It’s Worth the Risk Tumbler Deal” – Free Soft Drinks, 50% off drafts beers with 20 to choose from including 14 local craft beers. Buy a single, make it a double (excluding Specialty Drinks & Margaritas).
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  • Casino Beach Bar | “CFT Wrist Band” – 20% off Full Menu, “CFT It’s Worth the Risk Tumbler Deal” – 20% Off All Drinks

COBC ATTENDEE NOTIFICATION E-MAIL

  • Last night registered attendees received a notification e-mail through the conference registration platform.
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  • If you have not see it, check your spam or junk for an e-mail from noreply@regfox.com.
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  • The e-mail contains updates on airport transportation, check in times, On or before Wednesday May 5th, 2021, ALL registered attendees will be receiving an informational email with instructions on checking in to the event, and the attendee information webpage guiding your experience throughout your stay on Pensacola Beach.

CONFERENCE SERIES 2021-2022

WATER ON THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2021
AUGUST 24 - 26, 2021
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HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2021
DECEMBER 7 - 9, 2021
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CFT 100 CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2022
$1,000 FOR ALL FIVE
CONFERENCES IN 2022
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OFFICER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2022
JANUARY 10 - 14, 2022
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CFT FIRE SCHOOL 2022
FEBRUARY 8TH - 10TH, 2022
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COMMAND OFFICER BOOT CAMP 2022
MAY 10 - 12, 2022
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WATER ON THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2022
AUGUST 23 - 25, 2022
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HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2022
DECEMBER 6 - 8, 2022
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COBC 2021 SOLD OUT !!! PLUS COBC ATTENDEE INFORMATION

ALL COBC 2021 SEATS ARE SOLD OUT ACCOUNTED FOR AND COMMITTED

  • CF Tactics Command Officer Boot Camp Conference May 11th-13th, 2021 has reached capacity, and passes are no longer available for purchase.
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  • COBC 2021 Conference Name Badges and Wrist Bands are mandatory for attendee admittance.
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  • If you did not get a chance to attend COBC 2021 due to our sell out, please do consider joining us at one of our other conferences. You can see the full list of our remaining 2021 and 2022 conferences below.
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  • Read all areas below for important conference information.

CONFERENCE SERIES 2021-2022

WATER ON THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2021
AUGUST 24 - 26, 2021
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HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2021
DECEMBER 7 - 9, 2021
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CFT 100 CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2022
$1,000 FOR ALL FIVE
CONFERENCES IN 2022
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OFFICER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2022
JANUARY 10 - 14, 2022
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CFT FIRE SCHOOL 2022
FEBRUARY 8TH - 10TH, 2022
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COMMAND OFFICER BOOT CAMP 2022
MAY 10 - 12, 2022
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WATER ON THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2022
AUGUST 23 - 25, 2022
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HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2022
DECEMBER 6 - 8, 2022
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COBC DINING & BEVERAGE DEALS

  • CFT Wristbands (FREE) and CFT Drink Tumblers ($) are your passes to discounts throughout the week.
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  • CFT “It’s Worth The Risk” tumblers are available in limited quantities, and are available for purchase starting on Monday May 10th, 2021.
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  • The entire island community is welcoming your arrival and stay on Pensacola Beach with dining deals covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, draft beer, mixed drinks, and more…
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  • The two flyers below are valid during COBC, and we expect to receive more.

COBC ATTENDEE NOTIFICATION E-MAIL

  • On or before Wednesday May 5th, 2021, ALL registered attendees will be receiving an informational email with instructions on checking in to the event, and the attendee information webpage guiding your experience throughout your stay on Pensacola Beach.
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COBC DRESS CODE "BEACH"

  • COBC allows a more informal style, VERY CASUAL DRESS. Flip Flops, Shorts, and T-Shirts are acceptable.

COBC SPEAKER SCHEDULE

  • The white sands, emerald green water, and blues skies of Pensacola Beach are open. Our speaker schedule is designed to allow your spouse and family time to enjoy our event venue, and have a vacation.
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  • Morning presentations will be “Fire Spouse” friendly, topics, meaning your spouse will find interest in the presentation too.
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  • Afternoon presentations will focus on Fire Ground Tactics, and Officer Leadership. Your spouse is welcome in these presentations too. Your “Fire Spouse” and you might share some ah ha moments as they see the more operational side of your chosen passion and profession.

COBC SPOUSE SCHEDULE

  • Fire Spouse’s will enjoy having their own agenda of items to engage with in if they choose.
  • There will be a spouse breakfast and spouse social event.

Oklahoma City OK, It’s Worth the Risk, Gallons Per Second, Chief Curt Isakson, Two Seminars Next Week

The Oklahoma City Fire Department is hosting two, one-day training seminars next week featuring Battalion Chief Curt Isakson of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT).

The first offering will be on Tuesday April 27th, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The second offering will occur on Wednesday April 28th, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Chief Isakson will present It’s Worth The Risk, and Gallons Per Second. (The same programs will be repeated on Tuesday and Wednesday.)

The seminar venue will be located at the Metro Tech South Bryant Campus, 4901 S Bryant Ave, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Register soon, admission is free, seating is limited.

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Charlotte NC, It’s Worth the Risk, Carolina Fire Days, Couples Round Table, Chief Curt Isakson

Twisted Fire Industries will be hosting their annual Carolina Fire Days Conference, November 15th—19th, 2021, in Charlotte NC with three days of lecture, and two days of hands on training.

Carolina Fire Days mission is to aggressively educate and spread the mantra associated with putting the people, which we serve, as the top priority at all times.

Battalion Chief Curt Isakson of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT) will present “It’s Worth The Risk, a very passionate and in-your-face presentation is about recapturing the primary mission of the fire service based on the very foundation of what has defined the fire service for decades, building an undeniable trust from the public.

Chief Isakson and his wife Jessica will also be presenting together with two other fire service couples, Cody Trestrail & Andrea Trestrail, and Rob & Jodie Fisher, at the “Couples Roundtable.” This is a Q&A session with a panel of the fire services’ power couples.

The conference venue will be located at the Oasis Shriners, in Charlotte NC, only moments from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and approximately 20 east of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Registration for this conference opens Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:00 am. The button will bring you to the Carolina Fire Days registration webpage.

Register 4/29

If you need lodging, the host has arranged for discounted hotel rooms, starting at $119.00 a night at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, reserve your room by October 18th, 2021. The group code is “FIRE”.

Additional information about Carolina Fire Days pricing, lectures, and hands on training is listed below…

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Pensacola Beach, Friday April 23rd, Gallons Per Second, Firefighter Challenge Weekend

Pensacola Sports is hosting the fifth annual Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge in only two days, April 23rd-24th, 2021, on the beautiful white sand of the Emerald Coast, at 41 Fort Pickens Road Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

On Friday, April 23rd, 2021, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Chief Isakson will ignite the weekend with his popular Engine Company Operations class known as Gallons Per Second.

Recent CF Tactics Gallons Per Second Articles

The course will take place at the Holiday Inn Resort and you will learn why it is necessary to think beyond GPM and engage in Gallons Per Second. The focus of the class is on exceeding fire flow needs and still managing water during the crucial initial hose line advancement in an interior offensive attack.

Click here to learn more about Chief Curt Isakson by reading his speaker biography.

Registration is now open through the event sponsor. Columbia Southern University will offer attendees of the Gallons Per Second course 0.3 CEU’s. Course attendees who participate in the challenge and the class will enjoy a reduction in cost from $65.00 to $40.00.

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Water 💦 Is The Equalizer 🔥

Water is the equalizer in destroying the Fire Triangle. Understanding the Fire Triangle is necessary for successful extinguishment and survival on the fireground. Water application increases survivability for civilians and firefighters alike. 

Water eliminates the heat before the entry of oxygen, creates and maintains survivable space for civilians first and firefighters second, and aids in property conservation. Homes can dry out, but it is difficult for them to be unburned.

Current building and remodeling practices hinge on energy efficiency creating a significant opportunity for more oxygen-limited fires. When arriving on the scene of a fire presenting with these conditions, we must never forget that water is the equalizer.

Water application on black fire, superheated gasses, and the heated interior environment will allow engine and truck firefighters to conduct fire attack and a rapid primary search. Water application is the leading tactic in preventing death on the nozzle.

When placing people before water, fireground commanders must understand the importance of rapid attack or fast water from the water supply we bring to the fire in our booster tank and following it up by utilizing the booster backup.

This tactic provides more water on the scene, and additional firefighters get the initial line in operation, and a primary search underway rapidly. UL’s scientific research indicates the first flashover in a structure occurs between 00:03:20 and 00:04:50 during four experiments under similar conditions from 2009 to 2020. But a building will continue to heat and bring other rooms to their ignition temperature, setting the stage for the next flashover event on the fireground.

While the booster backup tactic will not completely extinguish all fires utilizing two booster tanks, the forward advance of the enemy will slow down while awaiting reinforcements. When in this situation, firefighters must have tactics reinforced through training to establish a sustained water supply.

Options for the water supply include a forward lay, reverse lay, or hand stretching within a reasonable distance based on your supply hose. You will find videos of these tactical options below. As a fire ground commander, I prefer the reverse lay option to the hydrant. This tactic can provide an additional advantage against the enemy, maximizing the gallons per minute sent back to the fire scene with an engine pumping from the hydrant.

Water provides firefighters the most significant opportunity to win the war against the fire, the products of combustion, and the ongoing demolition of structural building components. Water is the equalizer in leveling and destroying the enemy on the field of battle.

Our fields of war are the neighborhoods we protect. We are responsible for the people within those areas who depend on us to rescue them at all hours of the day and night. People go to sleep easier at night knowing we will come for them, their children, and their families.

Tank Water Blitz Attack 2.50" 1 1/8 Tip, Water Supply 3.00" Driver Back Stretch to Hydrant.

Tank Water Blitz Attack, Gustin Pack Add On, Driver Water Supply Back Stretch to Hydrant.

Residential RAM Attack, Driver Water Supply Front Yard Hydrant Hookup, Deck Gun Attack

Water Supply LDH Forward Lay, Hydrant Positioning, Two Firefighter Hookup, Supply Hose Management

Water Supply LDH Reverse Lay, Driver Hydrant Hookup Full Tap, All Hydrant Discharges

Water Supply, HOT Exhaust Hose Protection, Grass Fire Prevention Urban Interface

2022 CFT Schedule: 2022 CFT100 Release date, 2023 Future Schedule Changes, more

COUNTY FIRE TACTICS 2022 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • The 2022 CFT 100 Club will go on sale in May 2021 for only $1,000. This pricing represents a 64% savings off the cost of purchasing all five conferences individually. Secure your seat quickly, CF Tactics will not offer the CFT 100 Club pricing option again after 2022. The seat for each event can be used by the purchaser or given to someone else.
  • In 2022 CF Tactics will host their full conference schedule on Pensacola Beach. Now is the time to save the dates for the most engaging series of fire conferences you will attend in 2022. We will have new speakers and new programs for the 2022 conference series!
  • CF Tactics 2022 Officer Development Program (ODP) will have 5 different speakers:
    • Chief Dave McGrail
    • Chief Mike Terpak
    • Chief Scott Thompson
    • Chief Frank Viscuso
    • Chief Curt Isakson
  • CF Tactics 2022 CFT Fire School: Leadership & Tactics Conference speaker will include:
    • Chief Mo Davis
    • Chief Clyde Gordon
    • Chief Howard Rinewalt
    • Captain Kyle Romagus
    • Chief Curt Isakson
COUNTY FIRE TACTICS 2023 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • In 2023 CF Tactics will continue providing quality training through our conferences and seminars! There are exciting NEW things in our future! Be on the lookout for announcements as we get closer to 2023!
  • In 2023 Chief Isakson will be on the road more teaching his signature programs It’s Worth The Risk and People Before Water from coast to coast.
  • In 2023 CF Tactics is scaling back the number of conferences offered on Pensacola Beach.
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Porterville California Library Fire LODD Report Released

Firefighter Patrick Lee Jones and Captain Ramon Figueroa died in the line of duty February 18, 2020 in fire at the City of Porterville Public Library.

The City of Porterville Fire Department assembled a team of multiple agencies who participated in this investigation. The team then produced a comprehensive “Multi-Agency Serious Accident Review Team Investigation Report”. The findings of this report were recently released after being presented publicly on Friday April 11th, 2021.

When a firefighter is killed in the line of duty, we must honor their sacrifice through studying post incident investigations. Reading through this report and then sharing with your coworkers is a very powerful way to honor the life of a fallen firefighter.

Take a moment of pause and reflect how this tragic incident has impacted the fallen firefighter’s families, their department and the entire community. Firefighters do not routinely respond to a call thinking they will not return home.

Below is the Executive Summary from the report.

On February 18th, 2020, a fire occurred in the City of Porterville Public Library. During the initial minutes of fire department operations, while searching for a reported victim, two members of the first arriving engine company became disoriented and tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

On April 29th, the Fire Chief issued a Delegation of Authority to a Serious Accident Review Team (SART), authorizing an investigation into the incident. The Chief stated, “It is my hope that the lessons to be learned from this incident might benefit the entire fire service and result in a safer standard of operations for the entire industry.”

The SART timeline spanned a nine-month period, utilizing over 1,000 personnel hours. The process included the conducting of interviews, analysis of dispatch audios, CAD information, helmet camera footage, body camera footage, review of policies and procedures, research of laws, mandates, industry standards, and best practices, as well as regular meetings to comprehend, analyze, organize, and assemble the data into report form.

Early in the SART process, the team became aware that a significant number of potential factors were, once again, related to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) contributing factors of Firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Consistently the top ten contributing factors, as outlined in their most recent report, are:

1. Medical screening

2. Fitness and wellness program

3. Training

4. Medical clearance

5. Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs)

6. Incident command

7. Strategy and tactics

8. Communications

9. Personal protective equipment (PPE)

10. Staffing

While each of the previously listed contributing factors are significant, and continue to remain a problem in the fire service, the following were the most prevalent during the Library Incident: Training, Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs), Incident Command, Strategy and Tactics, Communications, and Staffing.

As the SART began to de-construct this tragedy, it became evident that other indirect factors were at play that all Fire Chiefs and Department Administrators should be perceptive to, so as to avoid long term systemic cultural and operational pitfalls. Vigilance in continual review and comparison to industry standards, policy updates, establishing relevant and realistic training programs, adjusting emergency deployment models, and strategically planning for organizational improvement, are some examples of preventive measures to avoid cultural complacency and creating an operational road map for the future.

This report is not intended to be unduly critical of the Porterville Fire Department or to place blame on any specific person(s). Unfortunately, these issues continue to be far too common across the country to simply focus on one organization. Until all Fire Service leaders begin to resist complacency and implement positive change, we will continue to lose our valiant Firefighters. Additionally, Fire Chiefs must continually educate appointed and elected officials on the importance of sufficient apparatus staffing. To their credit, the Porterville City Council is presently taking action to increase fire department staffing, even prior to the completion of this document.

Pushing Fire – Ray McCormack

Can you push fire? Pushing fire has been a decades-long fire behavior during fire attack debate. When will it happen? How will you learn more about it? Read on and we will tell you.

Now that we have you drawn in with a slight play on words, Lieutenant Ray McCormack (FDNY) and Chief Erich Roden (Milwalkee) have recently launched a new “fire service project” entitled pushing fire, we think its a catchy title, we hope you will too.

Pushing Fire is the genesis of an entirely new place to find not just journalism, but all things content, expertise, academics and research in the fire service. We won’t refer to Pushing Fire as a “website” or “magazine,” rather, we prefer to call this a project, as we hope to see what organically grows out of it.

The article below “For Some Firefighters its Always Less Murky” has been authored and reposted with the permission of Lt. Ray McCormack. Posted under this article is even more fire service nuggets and knowledge from Lt. McCormack to include several articles he authored here on CountyFireTactics.com and his FDIC Keynote Speech from 2009.

Lt. McCormack will be presenting a keynote address at CF Tactics Water On The Fire Conference in August 2021.

Be sure to read even more on PushingFire.com and their Facebook Page.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to be around someone at a fire that is pulling in more information than you are that could be troubling. You can’t always be the one on top however some firefighters seem to excel at it. I have had the opportunity to work with many firefighters over the years that seemed to have a better vision (literally and figuratively) then me of what was or would occur.

The ability to gain understanding of what’s going on many would call enhanced situational awareness and that’s true but it more than that. Having a fire sense and knowing the environment is the key component. I’ve seen young firefighters with little experience do it. Was it just lucky? Once perhaps but consistently no, they were learning building on their inner desire to be outstanding firefighters. Some firefighters just have a knack for this job, they possess a quality that pushes them forward and squeezes all the experience out of the fires they attend.

How is it possible that some firefighters can search faster or go deeper than others to explore? Its feeling comfortable in the environment. Firefighters that feel comfortable at fires are a tremendous asset and they tend to see things first and know better what’s going on. I worked with nozzle firefighters that literally had a keen sense of where the stream belonged and what was occurring around them. I’ve worked with burn instructors who would predict exactly what would occur with a fire set (real furniture) in a home. This all revolves around people who get it, not the brotherhood theme of getting it rather the actual business of fire.

This will often translate to aggressive firefighting and that makes sense. Aggressive firefighting is conducted by people who get it. They understand what needs to occur and those insights when coupled with a sound tactics allow us to get the job done at a higher level. I was lucky to have them with me as I’m sure you are too, emulate them, become one of them. They are truly impressive and while some seem to always have it going on, you can do it too. If you desire to engage at this level start by paying attention.

Keep Fire in Your Life

 

FDIC 2009 Keynote Speech - Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

Articles from Lt. Ray McCormack on CountyFireTactics.com

Registration Open – Aledo TX, It’s Worth the Risk, Gallons Per Second, Death On The Nozzle, Chief Curt Isakson

Parker County Emergency Services District # 1 will be hosting a two-day firefighting strategy and tactics seminar in Aledo, Texas, on May 26th, 2021, and May 27th, 2021, beginning at 9:00 am. The seminar will feature Battalion Chief Curt Isakson of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT). Aledo is located in the western portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Over the two days, Chief Isakson will deliver highlights from several of the most passionate programs in his lecture series. He will present material from It’s Worth The Risk, Water On The Fire, Gallons Per Second, Tactics Put Out Fires, and Death On The Nozzle. The seminar venue will be located at the Aledo High School Learning Center, approximately 20 minutes west of Fort Worth, Texas.

Register as soon as possible to secure your seat. The registration link shows the number of remaining seats available.

REGISTER NOW

If you need lodging, the host has arranged for discounted hotel rooms, starting at $119.00 a night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Weatherford. The discount code is “Isakson Parker County”.

Read Chief Isakson’s Speaker Biography.

The host has indicated that registration includes lunch Wednesday and Thursday and breakfast on Thursday, courtesy of Siddons-Martin Emergency Group. For further information or questions about this event, contact the host, Parker County ESD # 1.

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