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The Aggressive Truck COmpany building a combat ready inside team




Truck companies are one of the most dynamic operations on a fireground. Prioritizing what to do first for maximum benefit with minimum manpower challenges us at each fire and requires methodical, but rapid decision-making in order to best save lives and positively influence the outcome of the firefight.


There are 4 principal duties the inside team must perform. In this first half of our truck company series, we’ll discuss how to build your company to effectively and aggressively accomplish the top 4 missions of the inside truck company.



Building the Aggressive Truck Company

  • The difference between the engine and the truck.

  • Split vs. single team operations - when must we do which?

  • Effective riding assignments + tool selections.

  • The difference between an “aggressive” truck company and a liability. 

Forcible Entry - Getting Us In

  • Where do we need to get to?

  • Techniques for dealing with “front door stress” when you’re on the irons.

  • Team-based forcible entry - plans + techniques.

  • Tool options - irons, through the lock, hydra-rams, and more.

Rescuing Fire Victims

  • Victim behavior + science - where will those we can save be?

  • Decision-making for known vs. unknown victim locations.

  • Confidently choosing the most effective search location + technique.

  • Properly managing and removing the victim once you’ve found them.

Opening Up

  • Extension vs. overhaul.

  • Balancing overhaul and fire investigation.

  • Making sure you don’t come back for the rekindle.


These skills are essential to any fireground, and while they are often performed off of a “ladder truck” - we will discuss them in a manner that makes sense to firefighters operating off of any apparatus. 


At the end of this program you’ll have gained immediately applicable tactics for WHAT you need to do, plus you’ll understand the methodology behind WHY we do it - and how we can be more rapid, and more effective to save more lives.

This training program utilizes incident studies from the instructor's own experience, real fireground video scenes, and a lot of motivation to ignite passion for the job. It is delivered from the perspective of street-smart firefighting, and provides proven skills and tactics that can be implemented tonight to improve your fireground - and stop the fire where you found it.


With this 2 hour course you'll get...​

  • 2+ hour on-demand training in easy-to-tackle segments with the ability to view all at once, or easily go back and review segments if needed.

  • 4K video quality and professional audio.

  • 14 days of access 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.

  • Certificate of completion.


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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