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Lives in:
Freehold, NJ
North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue
Deputy Chief -- Region-wide Tour Commander
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Agency structure:
Paid fire department
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Professional Qualifications:
Level II instructor
Arson Investigator
BS-- Fire Service -- New Jersey City University
Topics you provide training for:
Fireground strategies
Areas of expertise:
Strategy & tactics
Anthony Avillo, a 24 year veteran, is a Deputy Chief in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as Regional Tour Commander of the 1st Platoon. Chief Avillo has a B.S. in Fire Science from New Jersey City University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. He is an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) and Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academies. Avillo, an FDIC instructor, is also an editorial advisor and contributing editor to Fire Engineering Magazine. He is the author of Fireground Strategies (Pennwell 2002) and Fireground Strategies Workbook (Pennwell 2003). The 2nd Edition of Fireground Strategies is now out. Fireground Strategies Workbook Vol. 2 should be out before the end of the year. Also co-authored the Safety and Survival chapter in the new Fire Engineering Firefighter's Handbook (with Frank Ricci and Jay Woron) and is co-auther of the Fire Engineering Firefighter handbook Student Study Guide (with Jimmy Kirsch) .
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am going to try this
here are some pics from some north hudson jobs
we are all over you tube as well
seach north hudson fire, union city fire, north bergen fire, west new york fire, weehawken fire, and guttenberg fire
also check out the fireground strategies group

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we had a serious fire and it likely started in the vent hose leading away from the vent hood above the stove. The hose was made of plastic. Is this code? Is it illegal? Has anyone heard of plastic being used? I would think the exposing temperatures would prohibit its use, especially during a stove fire. Am looking for any info or similar experience with plastic vent hose in stove hoods. If anyone has a video or burn test results of burn tests or actual fires, that would be… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 4:51pm — 5 Comments

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At 5:51am on May 9, 2012, Michael Dombroski said…

Hi Anthony

Sincere crongratulations on your instructor of the year award.  Your efforts and enthusiasm have extended across the globe to make us all better at what we do.

At 1:18am on May 5, 2012, Lt.Richard Sartorio M.D. said…

Chief Anthony!

From Paraguay, South America, Congrats on your Instructor of the Year award!!!!!!!

At 9:04pm on April 29, 2012, Elliot Belote said…

Chief, Congrats on your Instructor of the Year award. It has been an honor to learn from you at Monmouth County and NJCU! Hoping to see you at graduation this year.

At 3:04pm on January 12, 2011, Andrew Berg said…

Hi Anthony,

Toronto Fire Services has used this Mayday procedure since 2007.  We change channels on transmission of a Mayday and it can only be done by Incident Command.  It is not an automatic move as we use repeated channels and have both a simplex and digital system.  Based on what is being used and type of fire - High Rise vs. Structural/Residential or even Subway our channels are dictated by certain incidents because of radio strength and transmission capability.  We do not encourage more than 2 channels as we have found FF's lose track of which sector has which channel.  TFS recently used this system on Jan 3rd where we managed to resuce 2 FF's who fell into a burning 3 story structure. Everything else you mentioned is exactly the same in regards to who stays on what channel.

Andrew Berg

Acting Captain

Toronto Fire Services

At 5:09am on January 12, 2011, Edouard Dervichian said…

Hi Anthony. Thank you for responding.

At first I would like to know about the radio technology; the kind of radio that you use; the frequency of each of the three channels; are you operating with push-to-talk in simplex, semi-duplex; the channel power, etc. since none of this information can be taken for granted as it is too easy to elicit the wrong requirements for communicating on the fireground. Thank you for your inputs

At 7:49pm on August 24, 2010, Michael Dombroski said…
Hi Anthony, hope all is well.
My scholarship to the USA has been approved and I'd like to visit your department. The dates have been brought forward to October this year to line up with an event in Europe. Is this going to be possible? I've now got such short notice to tee things up with people.

Mike D - New Zealand.
At 11:36am on November 26, 2009, Jeff Bergstrom said…
Thanks this has been very helpful
Happy Thanksgiving
Stay safe
At 11:03am on October 7, 2009, Rick Fritz said…
The new Basics book looks great!
At 4:40pm on September 15, 2009, Noel Marti said…
There is a written component to the exam which accounts for 40% of your overall score and there is also a practical scenario where they give you a fire scenario and you have to hit certain benchmarks in allotted time (12 min?). The practical portion is 60% of the overall grade.
At 4:15pm on September 15, 2009, Noel Marti said…
Any suggestions for practical scenarios?

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