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First-In Size-Ups
Build cOnsistency and cOmpetence On the radiO


Now Available On-Demand!

Size-up considerations and radio reports for the first-in officer

Strengthen Size-Up Reporting and Radio Skills as the First in Company or Officer

We can only choose the best action when we have the correct information. The actions of first arriving companies set the stage for the outcome of the fire. Especially when dealing with lower staffing levels, we must make the right decisions with the correct information - early in the incident.

This 2-hour program will discuss the critical components of an effective size up. Considering residential, multi-family, and commercial structures - we will discuss the initial size-up observations and radio reports that the first-in company or chief officers should make. This program will include the review of actual fireground footage and audio.


  • The 5 essential initial reports that at any structure fire.

  • How to provide an effective on-scene report and 360 (including radio examples).

  • Size-up factors and considerations for fires in residential, multi-family, and commercial structures.

  • How initial size-up information can impact the tactics of our initial hoseline placement, searches, and ventilation.


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.

Interested in registering multiple members of your department?



  • On-demand easy-to-follow modular course format you can take all at once or in segments.​

  • Printable training bulletin.

  • 14 days of access to the course in 4K video quality and professional audio​.

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

  • Certificate of completion.

  • 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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