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 LIVE Online Training

Join us for a live 1-HOUR short course on one of the most challenging and dangerous fire types.

1930 HRS EDT

Access to the recording included with your registration

Tactics and Techniques to Quickly Identify and Combat Knee Wall Fires

Fires in knee wall spaces are a common, yet challenging and treacherous type of fire. If not quickly identified and addressed with effective tactics, these fires can quickly get out of control and cause loss of the building and potentially cause serious injury to firefighters.

This course 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 mindsets, strategies, and tactics that can be implemented tonight to improve your fireground and stop the fire where you found it.

  • Understanding what a knee wall space is and why it is challenging and dangerous.

  • Size-up factors that indicate a fire in the knee wall space.

  • Practical tactics and techniques for combatting knee wall fires.


This program builds upon the core concepts in our First Alarm Strategy and Tactics program and will help firefighters, company officers, and incident commanders operate more safely and effectively at these challenging and dangerous fires.


What people are saying about our courses...

"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 department. We are a 100% volunteer fire department and I think 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

"Your lecture was part of studying for a promotional interview that happened this past Monday.

Information that I picked up from your lecture helped me to form my responses on the strategy and tactics section of my interview.  I am happy to report that I was promoted to Lieutenant!


I wanted you to know that your programs are making an impact! Thank you again for doing what you do!"


— Newly promoted Lt.

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  • Access to the live program with a live Q&A session

  • 3-day access to the recording in 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.


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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