Embracing The Barriers: Applying Common Sense To Strategy And Tactics

 "The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears." ~ Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis

This class will focus on decision making, the return of common sense, and the use of man-made barriers (e.g., doors, windows, walls, ceilings, and other construction features) for a safer, more efficient fireground. Together, we'll discuss the most effective way to apply the latest information available and how it applies to several scenarios, regardless of your organization's resources. This presentation is for front line officers and those aspiring to be. Let's talk about what is the most applicable action for a given situation with consideration to your staffing levels.  Regardless of who or what is available at the time the brass bells rings, the circumstances may change but the purpose remains the same. Gain the confidence you need to know you're making the right choice.


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Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, bill is a fifth generation firefighter who has had eight other relatives in the fire service since 1898. He served as a volunteer for six years prior to getting hired in 1998 by the Fairfax County, VA, Fire and Rescue Department, one hundred years after his great-great grandfather had joined the service. 

In addition to his full time career as a lieutenant in the bustling 4th battalion, Bill works part time as a firefighter / chauffeur with the West York Fire Department (since 2003) and as a state suppression instructor in Pennsylvania (since 2006). In the past, he has served as a battalion training officer and assisted in training both recruits and field personnel at the fire and rescue academy.