Combat Ready: More Than Just A Slogan

"Combat Ready" is the cornerstone philosophy of Traditions Training and a principal philosophy in all of their programs.

But “Combat Ready” is more than just a catchy slogan or title of a class. 

Firefighters have an obligation to be ready to head out the doors and engage in battle on behalf of our citizens. Yet we see vast complacency on fire-grounds across America along with an “I got this” mentality. 

When these issues are combined with the everyone gets a trophy philosophy and an aversion to hard or realistic training we have a recipe for disaster. 

Join the Traditions Training cadre for a program that will serve to reverse this trend and offer students a look at how advanced training at challenging levels will improve the individual firefighter and the entire fire-ground operation. 

The day begins with a lecture session that will begin to develop this aggressive mindset and the emphasize the importance of stress inoculation in our training. It will also cover street smart firefighting tips that focus on a strong grasp of the basics and how mastering them will allow you to perform at the level you should when the shit is hitting the fan around you.  Mastery of these skill quite literally can be the difference between life and death for your crew.  

The second half of the program moves to the fire-ground and will consist of students running box alarm style drills with a fair amount of challenges and stress built in. This program is designed to both physically and mentally challenge you. 

These drills will emphasize the basic skills that firefighters seem to forget when stress is added to the mix. 

Just when students are getting comfortable with this stressful environment They will be challenged to new levels. 

The goal of this program is to have students learn to control their emotions, and overcome the complacency that has unfortunately become the norm in much of the fire service today. Students will be challenged to overcome the challenges presented and to bring their crews together to get the job done right. 

If you’re looking to ‘Level Up’ as a firefighter, this is the program for you. 

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Ray Edwards

Ray began his career as a volunteer firefighter outside of Philadelphia in 2001. He was hired by the District of Columbia Fire Department and served as a firefighter on Truck Company 6 before being assigned to Rescue Squad 1, where he presently serves.

Ray is also an adjunct instructor at the DCFD Training Academy and a member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.

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Riger Steger

Roger is currently a Firefighter in the Baltimore City Fire Department, assigned to Engine Company No. 8 (Jobtown).  Roger also serves as the Fire Chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Co. 33 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Roger has been an adjunct instructor at FDIC for the Truck Company Essentials program for several years, and has also lectured for FDIC.

Roger began his fire service career at age 15 as a cadet member of the Ocean City (MD) Volunteer Fire Company.  In 1999, Roger moved to Prince George’s County (MD) and then became a career firefighter in Howard County (MD) Fire & Rescue.  Roger served six years with HCFR in their Savage (Co. 6) and Columbia (Tower 10 & Engine 9) stations.  In 2006, Roger changed his career to the City of Baltimore, where he is currently a First Acting Man.  Roger joined Kentland in 2001, and has risen through each rank and is currently Chief 33.

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Battalion Chief Floyd Wise began his fire service career as a volunteer with York Township Fire Department in York County, Pennsylvania in 1993 - attending all of the formal basic training that most attend. While working on completion of a degree at Penn State University he began to consider pursuit of career positions within the fire service leading him to the testing process with the City of Harrisburg in the spring of 2000.

Chief Wise served in varying capacities in the truck companies of the fire department, honing foundation skills while mentoring in an aggressive small urban department. He also found a true calling in special operations where today he serves as the manager of Harrisburg Rescue 1 believing that even a small city can provide multiple high end services to the public.


Scott Kraut

Scott is currently assigned to the Operations division as a Captain.  Prior to this role Scott spent over 10 years assigned to a ladder truck as the officer.  Scott has held many positions within the fire service over his 23 years on the job, to include over three years assigned as the Captain in the Field Training branch of the Training Division where he oversaw the training for the over 1600 career and volunteer personnel assigned to the field.  Captain Kraut has a passion for training and more importantly for the methodology used in training.  Scott believes in a facilitating model of training that forces the student to face their challenges head on so those memories will force them to succeed in the real world of firefighting.  Scott has several published articles in both Fire Engineering and Fire and Rescue magazine and has been a lead instructor for Traditions Training LLC. for over a decade.