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For Firemen Serving Urban Communities

Fire Trenton NJ

The Job Description of a Fireman


The job description of a fireman includes more than just putting water on fire and throwing ladders despite public perception. The duties expand way beyond just fire suppression. Firemen respond to medical emergencies, vehicle extrication, elevator rescue, CO alarms, natural gas leaks, water/ice rescue, electrical, transformer, manhole fires, water conditions, high angle rescue, train fires, derailments, trench rescue, machinery rescue, confined space rescue, tunnel fires, building collapses and forcible entry calls. Additionally, they have to be trained as drivers, pump operators, tillermen, and in some departments paramedics and EMT’s.

Keeping up on the training it takes to be proficient in all these areas can be a challenge for part-time, career or volunteer firemen who have other careers or lack of resources such as proper equipment, training facilities, municipal funds, insufficient manpower or lack of information available to them. New company officers or acting officers will need to think outside the box and focus on being prepared to handle and mitigate a broad variety of emergencies, rare events and unique incidents.

Our content is simply used as a convenient training tool consisting of actual incident and training videos, research, opinion and on the job experience. It offers an additional and alternative method of training as opposed to numerous handouts, multiple edition books, time consuming video searches and eight hour lectures requiring travel. With new technology such as Smart TVs, IPads and IPhones, combined with thousands of live incidents being recorded and uploaded on the internet, training content is more available and valuable these days.

Northeast Corridor Railway, Trenton NJ

What We're Dealing With



Urban fire departments respond to emergencies at train stations, airports, subways, tunnels, bridges, hospitals, schools, jails, churches, vacant properties, parking garages, service stations, switch stations, waterways, projects, buildings under construction, high-rises, industrial area warehouses, factories, government buildings and arenas.


Firemen will be dealing with incidents involving elevators, escalators, HVAC units, helipads, alternative fuel vehicles, solar panels, fire escapes, hazardous structures, crime scenes, traffic congestion, fortified properties, various propulsion powered machinery and trains, hazardous materials, technical rescues and other hazards in addition to numerous fire protection systems. We need to be as knowledgeable and best prepared as possible.


MER (Mechanical Equipment Room) EMR (Elevator Machine Room) 

AHU (Air Handling Unit) 

PG (Parking Garage) 

FDC (Fire Department Connection) 

CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) 

LPG (Liquid Propane Gas) 

CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute)

PRD (Pressure Restricting Device) 

PRV (Pressure Reducing Valve) 

PCD (Pressure Control Devices)

Preparing For High Risk, Low Frequency Incidents. Thinking Outside The Box. Mind Triggering.

Basement Fire, Warren St, Trenton NJ



We are not affiliated with any fire departments, fire academies, government agencies or certified instructor curriculum. Our content is NOT intended for hiring, promotional exams or SOG/SOP’s. This content is stored and used for the creators training, and is constantly changing with new discoveries, studies, technology.


Urban Fire Training: For Firemen Serving Urban, Suburban, and Metropolitan Communities.

"Firefighters Are Not Robots, They're Movie Stars"

There's more than one way to fight a fire, supply water, perform a rescue. 

Remember, you're always being filmed and uploaded for all to see.

Course Topics Offered

Highrise Emergencies

This course goes beyond just highrise fires. While some courses will cover the obvious and concentrate too much on building construction and incident command, this course will focus on the following:

Wind-driven fires, elevator operations, size up, residential vs commercial strategy and tactics, ventilation, search and evacuation, roof operations, attached occupanices, adjacent properties,  underground parking areas, utility penthouses, air handlers, storage areas, methane, propane and CO releases, stack effect, and fires in the subdivision. 

This course prepares the new firefighter and company officer to mitigate various incidents involving a highrise building. Additional UL studies, NIST and LODD case studies will be discussed with the attendees.

Custom extended courses covering machinery and elevator extrication, high-angle rope rescue and hazmats can be requested. 

Service Station Fires

This course will cover strategy and tactics during fires involving auto body shops, auto repair shops and filling stations. This class will focus on burning vehicles at gas pumps, on hydraulic lifts inside the structure, propane tank ruptures/leaks, structure fires, and the various hazardous materials present at these fires. 

Also, to quell the many myths out there involving fire and explosions, a brief overview of the many safety features at filling stations will be covered.

Basement and Cellar Fires

Fires in basements kill more firefighters than any other area of the structure. This course will include basements, cellars, and sub-cellars, covering initial size up, floor stability, floor and building construction, support systems, renovated structures, urban vs suburban basements, living space vs storage, utilities, entanglement/entrapment hazards, forcible entry of Bilco doors and window bars, MAYDAY calls, exterior and interior egress, fire attack, and ventilation options for SFD's, MFD's, taxpayers, and garden apartments.

In addition, the critical role of the pro-active RIT duty assignments, and making the "go" or "no go" decision to advance over the fire and down the stairs. 

Using UL studies, real basement fire incidents involving close calls and LODD"s; This course is a must for every interior firefighter. 

Rapid Transit Train Fires

This course will help prepare firefighters and company officers handle various emergencies involving high speed commuter rail, passenger trains and light rail service. Rapid transit is common in urban, suburban and metropolitan areas, transporting thousands of commuters every hour. Fire departments must prepare for passenger car and locomotive train fires, extrications, pin jobs under the train, at the platform, or on the tracks.

It’s critical that ALL firefighters understand the dangers involving catenary, third rail, and diesel-electric propulsion in electrified territory, and tactical considerations for train fires involving tunnels, bridges, elevated platforms, subways, and adjacent rail properties.

Basic train anatomy, safety procedures, tunnel ventilation systems, protective systems, proper tools and equipment for rescue incidents, extinguishing agents, and fire attack methods for Class A, B, C fires will be reviewed.

Elevator Rescue

Basic Elevator Operations: This course will review the various types of elevators, safety features, passenger removal methods, hoistway keys, anatomy of the car, hoistway, and machine room, phase 1-2 operations and firefighter recall. HANDS ON COURSES available if an elevator can be secured by the requesting organization.

Attics and Cockloft Fires

This course will cover strategy and tactics in attics and cocklofts. Not all top floor fires are the same, there are several different types of attics and lofts with different methods of fire attack. From cocklofts in taxpayers and residential suburban storage attics, to urban living space attics in 2 1/2 story wood-frame homes, your on-approach size up indicators will set the stage for your incident action plan. The main focus for this course will be size-up, determining the type of attic from the street, fire attack methods, difficult access, ventilation options and overhaul, the importance of safely checking and extinguishing hidden fire in void space.

Vehicle Fires and Beyond

This course expands on conventional vehicle fires and hybrids by preparing firefighters for more complicated, dangerous fires. These high risk/low frequency fires involve RV's, food trucks, sanitation vehicles, ambulances, bobtails, trailers, high hazard commercial vehicles,  and tankers. Course will also cover the hazards of the modern day motor vehicle, handling burning magnesium, running fuel fires, and AR-AFFF use.

Motel vs Hotel Fires

Hotels, Motels, what's the difference? There's a huge difference. This course will focus on motel fires. Building construction and configuration, fire spread, rescue, evacuation, and various fire attack methods are major concerns. If a motel fire is not contained quickly, the building will be a total loss. COMING SOON!

Rare Event Fires Involving Parking Garages-Bridges-Tunnels-Marinas

This course will review several difficult to access fires where so many things can go wrong. The company officer will need to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacles during these rare event fires. Case studies of real incidents will be discussed with class participation and critiques. 

Fire Escapes - Hands On (Coming Soon!)

Murphy's Law for the Millennial Firefighter (Coming Soon!)

The "HERCULES" method.

Schedule Course

We provide classroom instruction (speaker) at your location. Fire stations, training rooms, fire academies, or auditoriums. We offer 2, 4, 6, and 8 hour instruction.

For volunteer companies in NJ, PA, and DE who have budget issues and lack of training opportunities, we offer 2 hour courses at no cost to the organization at department location.

For all other volunteer departments, travel expenses only will be acceptable for 2 and 4 hour classroom instruction.

These no cost course offerings are available for a limited time during 2018, and will depend on open available dates in our schedule.