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On-Demand Training Opportunity

Aggressive Command Supports Aggressive Firefighting

Great firefighters deserve great commanders.

Departments must avoid impractical command practices that slow or hamper putting the fire out, but must also avoid a lack of strong command that fails to organize the incident and aggressively deploy crews to solve the problem. This program discusses best practices incident commanders can use to maximize the capabilities of their firefighting forces. Sections include:


The Aggressive Command Mindset

  • Why does strong command matter?

  • The effect of poor command officers

  • The “Firefighter’s Chief”

  • What is, and isn’t, a strong incident command system

Pre-Incident Musts for Success

  • ​The company officer / chief officer relationship

  • Expectations and the playbook

Strong Command for Strong Firefighting

  • ​Pre-arrival actions & managing the response

  • Assuming command & setting up the command post 

  • Understanding the task, tactical, and strategic levels

  • Incident size-up – matching action to conditions

  • Tactical worksheets – tracking companies & action

  • Divide & conquer – decentralized command Managing the incident on conditions and benchmarks

  • Controlling incident communications

  • Practical accountability practices

  • Incident safety on the modern fireground

Cumbersome command practices that allow the building to burn down while command is “setup” are just as frustrating and problematic as the lack of any strong direction and organization.

This program is delivered from the perspective of street-smart firefighting, and focuses on the instructors experiences and fireground proven skills and tactics. We aim to explain these concepts clearly and practically, and to deliver ideas and concepts that can be implemented tonight to improve your fireground and stop the fire where you found it.


With this 4 hour course you'll get...


  • 14 days of on-demand access and Certificate of Completion

  • A modular course format that makes it easy to tackle and reference.

  • 4K video quality and professional audio.

  • Ability to access the program from any web-enabled device (phone, tablet, or computer).

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


About the Presenter - Nick Martin

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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