LIVE Online Training Event

Join us for a live 2-HOUR training on recognizing and attacking basement fires, one of our most challenging fire types.

1930 HRS EDT


Basement fires are one of the most challenging and treacherous fires that firefighters face. Tragically, they continue to be one of the leading scenarios that result in firefighter injuries and deaths - often due to misunderstandings about building construction, fire behavior, and how we must adapt our strategies and tactics to these common but dangerous fires.

In this training segment from our First Alarm Strategy & Tactics series, we will go into depth on basement fires and best practices for combating them.


We’ll cover how to ensure we make the right decisions quickly by discussing construction features and considerations, size-up factors, and fire behavior issues. We will look at all these in terms of how they influence our primary tactics of controlling the fire, ventilating the structure, rescuing victims, and commanding the incident.



  • Characteristics and hazards of basement fires.

  • Key size-up factors that indicate a fire in the basement.

  • How should we attack the fire? Fire control tactics and coordination of multiple attack lines for these fires.

  • Search considerations and tactics.

  • Forcible entry challenges related to basement fires.

  • Ventilation tactics and fire behavior considerations.

  • Command and control practices.


This is an extensive specialty training from a class Nick has previously taught at FDIC and for departments around the country. It is based on fireground-proven strategies and tactics and will feature personal stories, case studies, real fireground videos, and actionable tactics you can implement on your next basement fire.



"Great for new officers and up incoming officers.


Acting officers should be required to take a course like this." 

- Online First Alarm Strategy + Tactics Student


"Just completed this class. It was really informative and i got a lot out of it that I am looking forward to bringing back to my volunteer department. You touched on a lot of what I see after being with the department 15+ years. Keep up with these great instructional webinars and classes." 

- Lt., NY Fire Department


"The content was great, really useful stuff and also different from other tactics and strategy classes I've had in the past.


I'm looking forward to the release of the full course and might even be first in line to grab it when you release it."

- Lt., MA Fire Department

Interested in registering multiple members of your department?


with this cOurse yOu'll get

Access to the live program with live Q&A session

3-day access to the recording in 4K video quality and professional audio​​

Ability to access the program from any device (phone, tablet, or computer)​

Access to our online training community and exclusive live Q&A's

Bonus training material

Certificate of completion


Presently a Battalion Chief with the City of Salisbury Fire Department in North Carolina, Nick previously served as the Chief of Training for the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and as a Lieutenant with the District of Columbia Fire Department. 


Nick's career began in 1994 in his hometown of Swarthmore, PA. Since then he's been fortunate enough to be surrounded by great, motivated firefighters who have taught him everything he knows. His passion is for firefighting excellence, driven by our uncompromisable responsibility for excellent service to our citizens.


Since 2010, Nick has been privileged to present at FDIC as a classroom presenter and hands-on instructor. Since 2004 he's traveled the country to share thoughts, learn from others, and see many different ways of firefighting operations. His degrees include a BS in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and an MS in Public Safety Management from Johns Hopkins University.

"With the help of some great friends and other talented instructors, I enjoy passing on the information, classroom and hands-on, that I have learned from my mentors and from good and bad experiences on the fire-ground. My goal is to pass on what was passed to me with the hopes that I can improve the skill and experiences of other firefighters."


- Nick Martin

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