Day 3 HOT Tracks

Leadership & Tactics with Shannon Stone & Todd Edwards in the Big Room 0900

Engine Track with Ray McCormack will meet By Hilton H2O Bar at 0900

Truck Track/Forcible Entry with Mike Ciampo meet by Front Convention overhang by all the Door Props at 0830

RIT & Survival with CFT TEAM starts at 0800 in gear at 0800 on lower deck of parking garage.

Tonight Social at Hooters & Lucas on The boardwalk

Drivers & 2 Radios “Initial Outside Eyes & Ears”

It’s a good idea when two radios are available that the driver has a Tactical radio on a sling under the coat and extra radio in outer pocket or outer/over coat. When 1st Due in a County setting, a chief and/or 2nd arriving company could be a few minutes. This allows the driver to communicate with the officer going interior and not being on scan; while having the 2nd radio/outer radio on main for dispatch or Companies that failed to be on Tactical assigned channel. In the event the incident escalates to a BIG WATER EVENT, drivers can communicate on a water supply channel & stay off the Fireground channel. Just an idea. If it doesn’t work for you, than move on.

Ideas from experiences in the County setting.

CFT L&T School Next Week

Very Casual Dress all week. Jeans & T-Shirts. Full Gear if you’re going to do hands-on Day 3.

Shuttles operate Monday & Friday

All Attendees can check in Monday late afternoon & Tuesday Morning at 7:30 in the Oleander Room.

Hands On Tracks will be selected Tuesday February 4th during Day 1.

There will be a Two Company Officer Boot Camp on Days 2 & 3 and this does not require gear.

Please email any questions to cftactics@gmail.com

CFT ODP 2021 “Price Goes Up February 1”

Officer Development Program 2021

Chief John Norman

Chief Frank Viscuso

Chief Curt Isakson

The Officer Development Program (ODP) was developed to bridge the gap in knowledge attained from academic concepts with experience based tactics and skills needed to be successful as a Company Officer and/or Chief Officer. Additionally, this program will assist any rank from firefighter to chief to ensure success with the promotional exams.

Course Objectives:

Experienced Based Fireground Tactics

Fireground Size-Up

Situational Awareness

Residential and Commercial Fires

Store Fires – Taxpayer and Strip Mall

Garden Apartment and Townhome Fires – Multiple Dwellings

Mid-Rise Multiple Dwellings 

Basement and Cellar Fires

High Rise Fires – Residential and Commercial

Building Construction

Light Weight Building Materials

RIT – Trapped Firefighter Rescue

Engine, Truck, Chief responsibilities on the fireground

Commands and Control of Collapse and Technical Rescue

Fire Service Leader traits and skills

Chief Norman

This course will cover the content in Chief Norman’s Best-Selling Book “Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics 5th Edition” (The #1 Used Book Used for Promotion Exams) The course is designed to be a guide for firefighters, Instructors, and fire officers who have a solid foundation in the basics of modern firefighting tactics and strategy who are looking to obtain real- world based experience for handling a wide range of specific situations.

This part of the course will be presented in two phases or sections. The first part will cover “General Firefighting Tactics” and serve as the basis for the primary department’s operations. The second part will deal with “Specific Fire Situations” and will cover the special tactics required to mitigate an array of situations through the presentation of the instructor’s vast experience gained directory through trial and error. 

Student Learning Outcomes 

After the successful completion of this course, the student will be
able to do the following:


1. Identify the specific tactics and strategies needed to handle an array a specific type of emergencies. 

2. Student will demonstrate the requisite knowledge to adapt to changing fire conditions and adjust tactics appropriately, to prevent unnecessary loss of life and property. 

3. Describe general activities, goals, and tasks associated with Size-Up activities. 

4. Describe the attack functions, methods and duties of engine company objectives.

5. Describe the support functions, methods, and duties of ladder company objectives. 

6. Identify methods for hose line selection, stretching and placement for initial attack and suppression activities. 

7. Demonstrate the ability to ensure a proper volume of water is available for fireground activities. 

8. Identify tactics and strategies for firefighting operations in buildings equipped with standpipes and sprinkler systems. 

9. Identify specific strategies for the ventilation of various types of structures. 

10. Identify specific strategies for the effective search and rescue of occupants.


11. Demonstrate an affective understanding of Firefighter survival tactics.


12. Discuss methods needed for firefighting operations in lightweight buildings, private dwellings, multiple dwellings, garden apartments, townhomes, strip malls, tax payer, and high-rise buildings.

13. Discuss the construction, renovation and demolition of buildings as related to fire suppression activities.

14. Identify specific strategies for dealing with incinerators, oil burners and gas leak emergencies.

15. Identify methods for dealing with specific electrical emergencies. 

16. Identify needs and resources for dealing with structural collapse. 

17. Describe the role of the fire officer in dealing with Terrorism and Homeland Security emergencies. 

Chief Isakson

Chief Isakson will cover “Tactics Put Out Fires” covering rural, suburban, & county fire tactics. This program will take someone of any rank to a new level in the understanding of Fireground Size Up and Assigning/Deploying the proper tactics based on staffing & available resources. Time Delayed Tactics will be covered based on the large number of FDs that have limited staffing & resources. 

Chief Viscuso

This course will also cover the content in Chief Viscuso’sBest-Selling Book “Step Up and Lead.” This part of the course is designed to be a guide for firefighters, Instructors, and fire officers to obtain a solid foundation in leadership for the modern fire department with real- world based experience for handling a wide range of specific situations. 

There is a reason why people relate the fire profession to words like courage, brotherhood, service, and respect. That reason is a clear-cut mission and decades of strong leadership.

Most corporations in America would love to emulate two things that are deeply instilled in the fire service – the brotherhood, and the respect of their customers. This book will teach you how by covering the following topics:o Thirteen Leadership traits that will separate you from the pack.

Leadership skills that will teach you how to:• Utilize the talents, skills and abilities of others,• Effectively delegate tasks,• Deal with subordinate problems,• Critique others,• Prevent freelancing,• Create a mentorship program,• Improve workplace morale,• Provide praise and recognition• Conduct effective meetings,• Tackle administrative tasks• Create programs,• Communicate and present,• Lead on the Fireground,• Set and achieve goals,• Provide exceptional customer service,• Make high pressure decisions, and • Gain a competitive advantage with promotions.

Student Learning Outcomes 

After the successful completion of this course, the student will be
able to do the following:1. Utilize the essential traits and skills that every effective fire service leader must possess2. Identify and implement the secrets of effective leadership from one of the most respected organizations in the world.

3. Prepare motivated individuals (including theirselves)who are serious about

advancing their careers and improving their lives. 

Don’t Miss Out.

Command Officer Boot Camp 2020 “Few Spots Left”

The 8th Annual Command Officer Boot Camp 2020 is May 12-14, 2020. This is a very family friendly Fire Conference designed for all ranks.

Copy this link and share on facebook for a chance to win a CFT Conference of your choice.

COBC 2020 will held on Beautiful Pensacola Beach at the Hilton Gulf Side Convention Center with rooms starting at $159 at the Hilton and $149 at the Hampton Inn next door. This years COBC will have 12 Speakers over three days covering everything Leadership & Tactics, plus RELATIONSHIPS in Life & Marriage. This is for someone wanting to improve their motivation level and/or elevate their career. We will have Leadership & Relationship lectures in the morning and Tactics/Fireground Operations lecture in the afternoon. Spouses that are registered with name tag will get full admission to any of the lectures and also get the full benefits of free beach chairs and umbrellas. All registered attendees will get CF Tactics wristband that gets up to 20% off at all most every establishment on Pensacola Beach, to include gift shops. The Hilton is almost SOLD OUT. Still rooms at the Hampton Inn next door and adding another Hotel soon with prices below $160.

Free Airport Shuttlers start at 0900 Monday May 11 and operate all day until 8PM and also operate Friday May 15th starting at 0400 and operating all day for those wanting to enjoy Friday before heading home. There will also be limited shuttles Saturday May 16th for those that pre-arrange. COBC will be 0800 to 1700 Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. There will be nightly networking socials with all attendees and the instructors. The weather is Beautiful on Pensacola Beach in May. Usually in the Working Fire Midway! 80s with mostly sunny skies. May has one of the lowest rain fall months of the year on Pensacola Beach.

Speakers Include

Chief Todd Edwards “Atlanta Fire”

Chief Curt Isakson “Escambia”

Chief Dave McGrail “Denver Fire” High Rise Book and FDIC Advisory Board

Chief John Salka “FDNY 18th Battalion Commander” Back Page Firehouse Magazine

Chief Shannon Stone “Midway” Nuggets From The Right Seat

Chief Mike Terpak “Jersey City Fire” Fire Ground Size-Up Book

Chief Scott Thompson “The Colony FD” The Functional Fire Company Book

Chief Frank Viscuso ” STEP UP & LEAD + Step Up Your Teamwork”

Captain Dena Ali “Raleigh FD” Upstream Tactics for Addressing Suicide

Lt. Ray McCormack “FDNY”  Fire Attack based on UL Findings & 40 Years on the line.

Lt. Steve Robertson “Colombus” Stretching for Success”

Each Instructor will speak on different Topics, with four speakers per day. Two before lunch and two after lunch.

More Info by going to the top left of this site and clicking on Command Officer Boot Camp 2020. Less Than 10 Spouse Spots and less than 70 Firefighter Spots.

For POs, vendor approval or group pricing email cftactics@gmail.com and cftactics2@gmail.com

Jessica & Curt will discuss marriage in the Fire Service and the Challenges associated with it.

Lt. Ray McCormack will cover Fire Attack & the UL Studies combined with his 40 years in the Fire Service.

Chief Mike Terpak will cover parts of his 2nd Edition of Fire Ground Size-Up

Lt. Steve Robertson with Stretching for Success

Chief Dave McGrail with cover Leadership & Tactics to include some HR Operations.

Chief Dave McGrail at COBC 2020

Chief Terpak & Viscuso will both be at COBC 2020

Todd Edwards will cover The Drill Yard & Challenges with Leading in todays Fire Service

Casual Dinner Socials each night for a very affordable price.

Chief Frank Viscuso will present Step Up & Lead/Step Up your Teamwork.

All Attendees will get FREE BEACH CHAIRS & Umbrellas to include CFT Coffin Cooler with limited drinks and space for additional items

COCB is a one of a kind Leadership, Tactics, & Relationship Conference held on Beautiful Pensacola Beach.

Chief John Salka will present at COBC 2020