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Anthony Kastros
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Lives in:
Carmel, CA
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
California State certified instructor for ICS, RIC, Management, Driver/Operator. Certified Fire Officer.
Topics you provide training for:
Assessment centers, leadership, team building, tactics & strategy, command and ICS.
Anthony (Andoni) Kastros is a 32-year veteran of the fire service and Battalion Chief with Sacramento Metro Fire District (ret). He brings a wide variety of experiences, a high level of energy and a sincere passion to his instruction.
He is author of the Fire Engineering book and video series, Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center – 2nd Edition. The curriculum covers an extremely comprehensive scope of the knowledge, skills and abilities that span the dimensions of leadership, management, and emergency operations. It is used widely throughout the United States for officer development.
Also from Fire Engineering, Anthony authors the 3-part DVD series Mastering Fireground Command – Calm the Chaos! This series focuses on fireground strategy, tactics, and ICS using actual incidents, video and simulations. The series covers fires in houses, multi-occupancies, apartments and commercial buildings.
In addition, Kastros authored the video series, Mastering Unified Command – From Hometown to Homeland. The video is focused on bridging the gap between fire and law for a true unified response and command platform to face the “New Normal” that is prevalent in America today. The video features many experts from around the United States, including former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta. Kastros is donating all proceeds from this video to fallen fire, police and military organizations.
Kastros is an FDIC-International and Firehouse World instructor, and was the Keynote Speaker at FDIC 2013 and is the recipient of the 2019 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and Fire Engineering. Anthony hosts The Command Show, a monthly blog radio show through Fire Engineering. Kastros teaches leadership/team building and strategy/tactics to firefighters throughout the United States. He has taught thousands of firefighters in leadership, officer development, command and tactics throughout America.
As a USAR Team Manager with Sacramento Task Force 7, he deployed to Ground Zero on 9/11. Anthony spent 4 years with a Type 1 Incident Management Team, was the program manager for Metro Fire’s Command Training Center and began Metro Fire’s Rescue Company program. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Human Resource Management, an Associate’s of Science in Fire Technology, and is a certified Fire Officer for California.
Cynthia Kastros is the Operations Manager for FIRE. She is responsible for strategic planning, new program development, business modeling, and operations. She has an extensive recruitment background in the private sector and owned an executive recruitment firm in southern California. She transitioned to the public sector, where she held a position for the California Office of Education, recruiting teachers. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Services, focusing on family and child development.
Anthony and Cynthia Kastros make their home in Carmel, California with their daughters Sophia and Aubrey. Their Faith in God is the center of their lives and drives their instruction and ministry.
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At 12:59pm on January 30, 2018, David Mackenzie said…

Chief,   I just finished your article on Aggressive Command and Tactics..   Great stuff!!   We are a Bluecard FD and it is working well for us.   I'm very interested in your Tactical Templates you mention.   Might you be able to send me more information on them? 

Thank you in advance,

David MacKenzie

Bend Fire Department

Bend, Oregon

At 1:52am on April 15, 2008, David Ebel said…
Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.

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At 9:11am on March 28, 2008, Julie Simmons said…
Hey, look who's on audio now -- Anthony Kastros!

Very cool!
At 11:40pm on March 16, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Hi Sir! Can you direct me towards any leadership team building skills? Thank you
At 3:28pm on March 15, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
If you don't call me when you get in I will hunt you down like a dog and dinner is on me!
At 12:04pm on March 14, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
Hey Baggers in May, my house May 2, 3 are you coming?
At 7:55am on March 14, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
we could use your input in our group we are listed on page 2. 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.
At 11:45pm on March 13, 2008, Anthony Kastros said…
Honored to be invited to this forum. Look forward to talking with you all.

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