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Come Join Captain Dan Shaw & Lieutenant Doug Mitchell on Monday, April 22nd @ 0800 for 25 to Survive at FDIC Indy!
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25 to Survive: FDIC HOT Workshop

FDIC: HOT Workshop:25 to Survive The Residential Building FireMonday 4/22 8am-12 Room: 238-239***Soon to be released as a book from PennWell Publishing***More firefighters are seriously injured and killed while operating at residential building fires than at any other building type we encounter. This presentation will…See More
Apr 2, 2013
David D'Arcy commented on Dan Shaw's blog post Taking a Lesson from "Realty TV"
"Great post Dan. I agree with Bobby and Larry. We are a para-military organization and there are lots of valuable lessons to be learned from our brothers in the military. "The clearest sign of true servant leadership is selflessly exhausting…"
Feb 28, 2013
Larry E Jenkins commented on Dan Shaw's blog post Taking a Lesson from "Realty TV"
"Dan, Great thought provoking article, it disturbs me when I hear people say that we are not a paramilitary organization. Your article confirms that in fact we are and always will be. Crew accountability and safety is key component to properly…"
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Traditions Training, LLC
Vice President
Years of public service:
Since 1992
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
National Level III Instructor
West Point Leadership Graduate
NFPA 1403 Instructor
National Certified FF I/II
NIMS 100, 300, 400, 700, 800
Topics you provide training for:
Supression operations
Engine Company Operations
Truck Company Operations
Firefighter Safety and Survival
Officer Development
Large Open Area Searches
Incident Command
Areas of expertise:
Engine Company Operations
Officer Development
Incident Command
Large Open Area Searches
Dan Shaw is a Battalion Chief with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department assigned to Battalion 04. Dan has been in the fire service since 1992 serving in various ranks. Dan started his Fire Service career as a volunteer in Howard County, MD before being hired by the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in 1995. During his tenure in Fairfax he has been the Apparatus Technician of the busiest Engine in Fairfax, a Lieutenant assigned to a Tower Ladder, the Command Aide to the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, and as an Captain assigned to an Engine Company.

Dan has an Associates Degree in Fire Service Supervision, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program. He has been regular contributor to Fire Engineering on various subjects along with teaching at FDIC Indy and FDIC East.Dan is a principal member of NFPA 1400, Committee on Fire Service Training. He is the co-author of the best-selling book 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD from PennWell Publishing.
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25 to Survive: FDIC HOT Workshop

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25 to Survive

The Residential Building…


Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:02am

Taking a Lesson from "Realty TV"

While I was watching the show Surviving the Cut the other night that highlighted the rigors of the training that the Nightstalkers (160th Special Aviation Regiment) go through, I had an epiphany, or at least I drew a corollary principle for what we should learn from this training in the fire service.

160th SOAR

The show portrayed the completion of a hellish, multiple-hours long training session that spanned from mental and…


Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

A Lesson For the Fire Service from the London Summer Olympics

Cabbies across the pond would make great Chauffeurs in the American Fire Service

Like the rest of the Country, I was watching the Summer Olympics and listened to an interview with a local resident of London explaining the ‘insiders’ way to navigate the city. She offered the normal tips of how to get around and what historic landmarks not to miss. None of that distracted me from typing away on my computer and completing other tasks in my office but one particular…


Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:41pm

Winter Highrise Standpipe Operations

Water supply is vital for the completion of our job of extinguishing fires. It really is as simple as that.  Arguably, no incident demands for the quick actions of a competent driver as much as a Highrise building.  They are tasked with establishing and maintaining a positive water supply in this normally standpipe equipped building.  The added element of supplying a Fire Department Connection (FDC) certainly adds an additional dimension to that of a residential structure…


Posted on December 22, 2011 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Nozzleman's Creed

Aside from residing in the pantheon of the greatest movies made, Full Metal Jacket introduced the world to the Rifleman’s Creed. The mantra recited each night by the soldiers in boot camp as they lie in bed with their last line of defense, their rifle. The intimate reciting of the creed ingrains the mutually important relationship…


Posted on June 14, 2011 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

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At 7:14pm on December 21, 2011, Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich said…

Thanks for the add.

Paul did a great job on your caricature.

Some day, maybe I will get one.

I enjoy your stuff.


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