1st Alarm Strategy And Tactics

This program will discuss strategy and tactics for fires in single family dwellings, apartments, and commercial structures. We will focus on the different factors between these structures and how differences in construction, occupancy, and other factors but influence firefighting operations.

General strategic goals and benchmarks for each structure will be discussed, along with supporting tactics for each.  We will discuss engine, ladder, command and rapid interventions considerations. 

We will discuss options and techniques for fire attack, searches, ventilation, and other issues - highlighting the factors to consider when selecting each and formulating a decision making process that officers can use to rapidly select the best applicable tactics for given conditions. 

Topics will include: Engine and ladder company decision making, ventilation methods, timing and considerations, selecting the method and location of fire attack, hose line selection, tips, and alternative stretches and selecting the appropriate search method and prioritizing that search. 


Ricky Riley

Ricky is a tenured veteran student of the fire service. Who has served with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department for 20 years as a firefighter and Truck Chauffeur, 11 years as the Operations Chief for the Clearwater Fire & Rescue in Clearwater, Florida. He currently works for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department as the Fire Apparatus Manger, and is the Rescue Engine Captain with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in the same county. Ricky also is the President of Traditions Training, LLC, a company that delivers fire service programs across the country.

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NIck Martin

Nick began his fire service career in 1994 as a volunteer in his hometown located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Since then he has served as a career/volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. He holds a bachelors degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in management from the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at the Johns Hopkins University.

Nick is presently a Battalion Chief and the Chief of Training with the Columbia Fire Department in the capitol city of South Carolina.  He served previously with the District of Columbia Fire Department through the ranks of private, sergeant and lieutenant where he served on engine company, truck/tower companies, and as a battalion aide.  As a firefighter with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department  he earned  a Medal of Valor from Firehouse Magazine, as well as a Silver Medal for Valor from the Prince George’ County Fire Department. Nick is also an author for Fire Engineering magazine, Urban Firefighter magazine & presents regularly at FDIC.