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First Alarm Strategy & Tactics

This course will prepare you to act confidently, quickly and effectively during the “first SCBA cylinder” of firefighting. We'll outline decision-making models for rapidly selecting the most appropriate engine and truck company operations each time.

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First Alarm Strategy & Tactics

This program will help company officers develop and hone a methodical process for making the right critical decisions during the “first SCBA cylinder” worth of firefighting in single-family, multi-family/apartment, commercial, and mid/high rise structures.
Looking at our most common fire scenarios, we’ll practice which engine/truck company tactics are most effective and applicable to each scenario and why.

Key lessons include:

  • The top 14 actions that are critical to success on any fireground.

  • 5 key areas of tactical decision-making. We'll cover what tools are available to us in our engine and truck company arsenal and how to determine when each is most effective.

  • Demonstrations of these decision-making models using real-world fire scenarios.

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Strategy & Tactics that are critical to Success

Over 1-2 days of  training, we cover the key mindsets, actions and tactics to guide our initial actions at any structure fire.  We will go over the common fire scenarios in single-family, multi-family/apartment, commercial, and mid/high rise structures along with which engine/truck company tactics are most effective and applicable to each scenario. The objective is to enhance the ability of company and chief officers to select the proper “tools from the toolbox” given the fire scenario that they face. 

While this program is intended for chief officers and company officers (and those who act in that role) it is extremely beneficial for all ranks who take this course as it  provides a top-down understanding of the system and each other’s jobs. 

This class is available as a 4-hour online course, 1-2 days of hands-on training, or a hybrid combination of both. See below for details.

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First Alarm Strategy & Tactics

Is available in the following training formats

In-Person Seminars

The First Alarm Strategy & Tactics program is typically presented as an 8-hour classroom instruction.  It can be condensed to 4 hours and paired with any of our other training programs. It can also be extended to 2 days and paired with an interactive scenario-based training day.

This class can be structured in the following ways:

  • 8-hour classroom seminar
  • 8-hour interactive scenario-based seminar 
  • 16-hour comprehensive program paired with Aggressive Command Supports Aggressive Firefighting [link to that page]
  • 4-hour classroom seminar (in-person or online) paired with any of our other training programs

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Hands-On Training

We are now also offering the First Alarm Strategy & Tactics course as a highly interactive scenario based training program. 
Over 1-2 days of  training, we cover the key mindsets, actions and tactics to guide our initial actions at any structure fire. 

Then we use real fire-ground scenarios (single-family, multi-family/apartment, commercial, and mid/high rise structures) and practice which engine and truck company tactics are most effective and applicable to each scenario.

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Train On-Demand 

Our training programs are available for immediate on-demand access, so you can train when and where you want.

Perfect for individual firefighters who want to take their skill advancement into their own hands, or for departments looking for real fireground proven training their members can access anytime.

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You will get:

  • Fireground proven training
  • Real fireground videos & scenarios
  • Actionable tactics & strategies you can implement now
  • High quality 4K videos divided into easy-to-tackle modules (Watch all at once or in segments to come back to as you have time with 3 weeks of access to re-watch).
  • Certificate of completion & access to training community

Interested in signing up a group or department?

We offer a robust online training experience through our online course portal. Your members will each be given an individual login to complete the course at their own pace from any location with an enabled device, allowing you to include more members at their convenience.

After completing this course, your members will come away with street-smart essentials and actionable skills as well as a consistent understanding of the important mindsets, skills, strategies and tactics to take them to a higher level of firefighting, not just as individuals – but as a team.

We offer bulk discounts for 10+ students as well as discounted training packages when you include additional training courses. 

We also offer combination training packages of online and HOT which can provide cost savings as well as allowing your department to complete the classroom portion in advance in order to maximize hands-on training time. 

Live Q&A's
Live virtual training sessions customized to your departments needs.

These sessions are the ideal add-on to your department’s online training package. Your group would have a live session with our instructors to go over the key points of the course and discuss how the concepts might apply directly to your department or operations. This is a great opportunity to discuss any unique challenges you may be facing and to allow your members to ask any follow-up questions they have. A recording of the session is included.

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Hybrid In-Person & Online Custom Programs

Any of our training programs can be customized to meet your department’s needs.

Please contact us for department and group custom program inquiries.

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We offer:

  • Hybrid - in-person/online combined training packages. This allows for cost savings and the benefits of online training (link to that section), and it allows you to have members complete the seminar portion in advance to maximize hands-on training time with our instructors.
  • Custom-length in-person training seminars and Keynotes from 1 - 8 hours.
  • Custom live on-line training sessions specific to your department’s unique challenges
  • Consulting


Why Choose Online Training?

Include more of your members at their convenience

Eliminates overtime costs for attendees

Eliminate instructor travel fees

Complete in advance of Hands-on to maximize on-site training time

Track your members’ progress with biweekly progress reports

Class won’t conflict with district coverage or emergency calls

Eliminate any pandemic-related health/ safety precautions

Take advantage of discounts


What People Are Saying

Class was very well put together and easy to navigate with good information presented
Tanner Roth
Great for new officers and up incoming officers. Acting officers should be required to take a course like this.
Michael Denelsbeck
Very informative. I will definitely be using some of these processes with my team. Thank you.
Jamal Davis
Great Class!
Eric Kessler
A lot of great information!
James Sears

First Alarm Strategy & Tactics

Have questions about the training program?

We offer multiple formats of this course. Our team can answer your questions and help book your training so your team can be Combat Ready.