Classroom Day 1
Reading the Building: FG Building Facts and Size Up
Today’s buildings and occupancies continue to present unique challenges to command and operating
companies during structural fireground engagement. Incorporating the Buildingsonfire FACTS
concept for First-Arriving Construction, Tactics and Safety, this program provides an overview of the
methodology and process to increase operational effectiveness and ensure critical building factors
are identified in the size-up, assessment and monitored throughout the incident. Building and
occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy types and occupancy risk versus, construction methods,
features, systems and components require new skill sets in reading the building and implementing
predictive occupancy profiling for today’s firefighters, company and command officers for effective
and efficient fireground operations.
A 47-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national and international
instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on
building sciences and architectural construction issues affecting fireground
operations, command and tactics and has traveled extensively throughout the
United States and internationally delivering training programs on building
performance, construction and firefighting, fireground leadership, command
management and operational safety. A former Adjunct Instructor with the
National Fire Academy and National Fallen Firefighter (NFFF) Firefighter Safety Advocate, he is a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section and a past Vice-President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He was a 27 year Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com where he authored the Buildings on Fire column and Buildingsonfire series, He traveled in 2017 with a prestigious contingent of international instructors to the Kingdom of Bahrain and presented as part of the IAFC's First International Fire Operations Symposium. He serves on the Faculty of the, IAFC Officer Development Program ODP-COLS, Kean University (NJ) New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Training Programs and Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Dept. of Fire Services Sr. Fire Officer Forum as a visiting lecturer. A former architect and fire protection engineer, he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year.
He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute (NY|DC) is a Technical Consultant and Subject Matter Expert to NIOSH (USA) Firefighter Fatality Investigation & Prevention Program and a well-respected Fire Protection, Management and Operations Consultant, researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national & international fire service agenda programs and committees. He is the Executive Producer of the Buildingsonfire.com, FiregroundLeadership.com and Co-produces TheFireOfficer.com. His previously service included Fire Command, Fire Protection & Safety at a US nuclear power plant, over twenty years in field operations suppression as a commanding company officer in New York and Training & Fire Academy and College academic curricula administration and management. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.
He has been lecturing nationally for over 37 years, including lecturing at the National Fire Academy, FDIC since 1986, Firehouse Expo since 1988 and Firehouse World and IAFC Fire-Rescue International. He has over twenty years of extensive direct experience in Behavioral Based Safety Program management, Human Performance (HU), Operating Experience and Corrective Action Program implementation, trending and monitoring from within the High Risk-High Consequence Nuclear Generating industry.