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Tactical Building Blocks & Air Management

This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips.See More
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Monday Nights Politics & Tactics Show

Mondays show will have on as our guest FDNY and FDIC instructor Howard Blthye he will be on to talk about his latest article in this months FE.  New Havens 3 alarm fire, lessons learned will all so be covered.  If you command large fires, run a volunteer fire department or are concerned about collapse zones this show is for you. Call in we would love to speak to you!See More
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Free Webcast from FDIC: Applying Science Without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Take a look and let me know your thoughts?A tactics class, not a data class! This program reconciles the new science with proven tactics to keep your members safe. Tactical implications with lessons learned from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, UL, and Yale studies without losing our identity are covered, as are command, size-up, fire attack, ventilation, and search. This new understanding is not as scary as it seems. What is considered new is based off tactical pieces of the…See More
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Drillmaster/ Vice President of Local 825 and Safety rep.
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Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Structural Fires, Tactics, Staffing, RIT, Mayday, Truck and Rescue Operations, Live Fire Training, Politics and Injury Rehabilitation.
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"There are no experts we should all be life long students"
Frank Ricci is a Contributing Editor and Advisory Board Member for Fire Engineering. He is the Drillmaster for the New Haven Fire Department and Co-host the radio show Politics & Tactics. Lt. Ricci is a contributing author to the Firefighters Handbook I & II (PennWell 2008) for the Safety and Survival chapter, written with Anthony Avillo and John Woron. He was the Project Manager for Emergency Training Solutions for the Firefighters Handbook I & II Power Point presentations. He is a FDIC hot instructor and lecturer and has won a landmark case before the US Supreme Court. Frank has testified before Congress and has been a lead consultant for Yale on several studies. Frank has worked on a heavy rescue unit covering Bethesda and Chevy Chase MD and was a “student live in” at station 31 in Rockville MD.
He developed the Fire Engineering film Smoke Showing. Frank is a co-creator of Fire Engineering’s Tactical Building Blocks Poster Series and has several Training Minute Segments. Frank has authored several DVDs including Firefighter Survival Techniques and Fire Engineering’s Tactical Perspectives series, Command, Ventilation, Search, Fire Attack and Mayday all are available at Fire Engineering Books and Video. Frank can be contacted at 203-285-4907
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Posted on October 7, 2014 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

Free Webcast from FDIC: Applying Science Without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Take a look and let me know your thoughts?

A tactics class, not a data class! This program reconciles the new science with proven tactics to keep your members safe. Tactical implications with lessons learned from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, UL, and Yale studies without losing our identity are covered, as are command, size-up, fire attack, ventilation, and search. This new understanding is not as scary as it seems. What is considered new is based off tactical…


Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Awkward Divide (Leading Requires the First Step)

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The Awkward Divide

We fail as leaders and followers when our own mostly unjustified insecurities defeat us. We see this happen every day yet most fail to act. When you walk into a room of strangers or a stranger approaches in a group setting do you step up and introduce yourself? If not you should strive to do better.

When a…


Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:15pm

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday

Understanding Potential Out-of-Air Operations for the Mayday


P.J. Norwood & Frank Ricci


Preparation, training, and understanding our equipment is the key to success. The fire servicer service has come a long way in preparing for…


Posted on November 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Close Call in New Haven resulting from a High Rise Fire

New Haven Fire Fighters responded to an activated alarm that turn into a 3 alarm fire in a 19 story building. The fire was on the 14th, 13th, 12th and 11th floor. Fire extended up and down electrical conduit causing multiple electric rooms that were stacked on top of each other and became fully involved in fire.

Engine 10 and Engine 4 crew were opening the door that was being compromised by fire. …

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

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At 11:17am on July 16, 2014, John K. Murphy said…


Did see the Fisher case. Thanks for that. It is interesting and now I see another issue dealing with Michael Briscoe. Busy times.

Stay safe

At 11:14am on April 30, 2012, DALE G. PEKEL said…

Thanks for the additional info on the bailout clip Frank! - I couldn't agree more with your statement. We do quite a bit with escape systems in the FF Rescue/Survival and RIT courses we teach and too many FFs don't fully appreciate the need for repetition - but that can be said for everything we do in the Fire Service!

Beyond promoting prevention, I think we sometimes fail to reinforce the importance of understanding not only the strengths, but also the limitations of the equipment we carry and tactics we perform. Even those who obtain "expert" knowledge have no guarantees – If there were, FF LODDs would be a thing of the past.


Keep up the great work you’re doing and thanks again for the correspondence!



At 6:05pm on August 8, 2011, Michael Bricault (ret) said…

-Not fighting fires in vacant buildings is in fact not doing your job; its a culture of fear and cowardice being forced on unwitting and frightened firefighters.

-More to the point this mindset ignores the fact that someone may in fact be inside the vacant building; homeless, children playing... even the guy who started the fire, regardless of his intentions still deserves the FD attempting to find him and extinguish the blaze. The fact is that short of a lightning strike or mice playing with matches, vacant buildings do not set themselves on fire! That means someone got inside and set the fire; malicious or accidental is irrelevant, that person may still be inside!!

-Anything less is subscribing to a culture of fear that is being sold to the fire dept under the guise of firefighter safety; this is unadulterated, uncensored, pure and simple BS . As Tom Brennen put it, this culture of fear is brought to you by the same people who created purple vests to identify the guy handing out vests.

-Fulfilling the office of firefighter is often times a risky endeavor. Firefighting is about calculated risks not foolish chances but risks all the same. If it's too scary find another line of work.

At 8:29pm on April 9, 2011, Douglas B. Watson said…

Hey Frank,

My book is still in the conceptual phase, it's going to look at the "science" behind firefighting, for example, the typical tasks that FFs do, as seen through the eyes of gauges.  It will parallel my class "It's not rocket science, it's Fire Science!" (Formerly "Gauges Don't Lie).

At 7:49am on March 31, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
No, I'll bring it up to our training officer
At 11:00am on March 16, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
Lt, those tactical perspective videos are great!
At 4:21pm on October 20, 2010, Justin Lewis said…
thanks for the add...I enjoy your blog too...keep up the good work bro! Check out my video blog when you get some time and let me know what ya think! Thanks!
At 9:28pm on April 29, 2010, Billy Morris said…
Hey man, you hit the nail head on at FDIC! Keep up the good work. Speak without fear.....walk softly but carry a big stick......

Captain Billy Morris
At 1:45pm on April 29, 2010, Seth Dramm said…
Lt. Ricci,

Thanks for the keynote speech at FDIC. Though I was not present, I viewed it on a link via FaceBook. I intend to use your advice to improve my performance as well as my crew's. Keep up the great work!

Captain Seth Dramm
At 7:38am on April 29, 2010, Mike Daley said…
Inspiring speech in Indy, Brother. We're proud of you guys!!

M. Daley

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