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Lives in:
Granger, IN
Years of public service:
Since 1991
Agency structure:
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter I/II
Fire Officer I-IV
Fire Instructor I-III
Fire Inspector I-II
Rope Rescue Tech
Con Space Tech
Trench Tech
Structural Collapse Tech
Haz-Mat Tech
Bachelors Degree - Fire Science Management - Southern Illinois Univ.
Associates Degree - Emergency Services Administration - Indiana Univ.
Associates Degree - Fire Science - Ivy Tech State College
Plans Team Manager - INTF-1
Topics you provide training for:
Structural Collapse Rescue
Trench Rescue
Tactics & Incident Command
Simulation Based Training
Instructor & Training Program Management
Modern Fire Behavior
Elevator Rescue
Areas of expertise:
Techinical Rescue
Fire Ground Tactics
Incident Command & Simulations
Live Fire Training
Modern Fire Behavior
Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO, has been a member of the fire service since 1991. Brian has an associate’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from Indiana University, an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech State College and a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Southern Illinois University. In addition, Brian completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2006, is a CPSE credentialed Chief Training Officer.
He serves Director of Operations for where he runs the day to day operations of the leading fire service safety and training website along with publishing THE SECRET LIST and recently launched the website with Firefighter Close Calls and the UL FSRI. Brian was the recipient of the 2006 F.O.O.L.S. International Dana Hannon Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 Indiana Fire Chiefs Training Officer of the Year Award Recipient and the 2011 Fire Engineering / ISFSI George D. Post International Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award at FDIC. He is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Indiana Fire Instructors Association, Michiana FOOLS and has served as a Peer Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
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Judge, Jury and Executioner

The definition of the popular idiom, judge, jury and executioner, as told by Alea Roach is “if someone is said to be the judge, jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose.”  It seems that fire service is full of those who serve in the role of judge, jury and executioner via social media when it comes to tactics, fire scene videos, radio traffic, etc.  They brag about all the fires they go to and how…


Posted on October 4, 2019 at 1:49pm


I often get asked, what do you think is the most important piece of technology in firefighting and firefighter safety, and actually I ask the same question in a college course that I teach.

While I have always said I thought the most important piece is the SCBA as it not only allows us to get in further, conduct our search and save lives and property, but also helps protect us from the carcinogens and toxic insult.  Well this past week at FDIC, my opinion was changed, but I can still…


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At 9:15pm on March 28, 2010, Tim Olk said…
Hope things Are Well With You Have Not talked to you In Awhile
At 9:29am on March 18, 2009, Bob Tucker said…
I am working with the training officer to update the training codes in Firehouse Software and remember hear you talk on the ISFSI podcast that you use the software to track all you training. If you could can you send me a list of your codes to give us an idea of what other departments are doing? Thanks for your help.
At 9:23pm on October 14, 2008, Jim Mason said…
Hey Brian
Thanks for the tips about the FOOLS the other day. I talked to DAVE T and it looks good. I ve been on a couple of depot but never a combination dept. I'm sure that is challenging. Espically when it comes time to give assignments on the fire ground.
I've started a new oage on this site called "Common Sense Firefighting " We're using one of Dave Traiforos' picutres to talk about ventiltion at commercial structures. Brian, If you have any time check it out and tell me what you think.
Jim Mason
Chgo FD
At 11:11am on September 25, 2008, Michael D. Wilson CFEI, MDI said…
Hi Brian. Again, congrats on the award. You need to post the information on your award.
At 10:01am on September 15, 2008, Rob Gaylor said…

Good class on Friday. I appreciate it.
At 9:53pm on September 12, 2008, Brandon Roark said…
Hey Kaz, Roark here.
So this is a project that i took on. Interested in your insight/opinions/suggestions for IFN's direction. Also, knowing how busy you are, I was wondering if you would be willing to maybe write a training article now and again?

Anyway, take a look at and let me know what you think. Its far from finished but its at least on its way.
At 7:45pm on August 16, 2008, Todd Heier said…
Hey Kaz
Have you heard anything on the Leadership program at Mish City.
At 3:20pm on May 14, 2008, Kevin Moeller said…
Hello Brian, my name is Kevin Moeller, I was able to download your powerpoint on air management, and would like to use it for my dept. training. I took Mike Gagliano's class at FDIC this year, and your pwrpoint is very well put together. Please drop me a line. I am the Chief of Training for the City of Seymour FD in WI. and also an instructor for Northeast WI Tech. College in Green Bay. I am an instructor for a Fire School in northern wisc. and we specialize in RIT training, this might be something we could integrate into our programs. I already spoke to Mike G. about this and have his blessings. Thanks.

Kevin Moeller
At 8:19pm on April 27, 2008, Mike Cervik said…
Things are going well here. I'm not on the ambulance right now, but my time will come. I'm glad we did it though. How are things at Clay?
At 6:55pm on April 27, 2008, Mike Cervik said…
Brian do you know Dwayne Tate? I work with him at TFT. He speaks highly of you. He's big into the tech rescue.

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