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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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When is it time to move on…..


“When it comes to forcible entry, we must have options. We must have a plan A, B, C, D, and so on. Even residential forcible entry does not have a “one size fits all” method to success. In order to have multiple plans, we must be adaptable with our tool selection. We also must recognize when our methods aren’t working and when it is time to move to the next plan.” Chapter 19, Page 192.


 The benefit of the internet and social media…


Posted on March 13, 2016 at 4:16pm


The 360˚ Lap
“The building involved was a three-story, wood-frame structure with a basement and was constructed on a sloping grade that caused the building to have a different appearance depending on the side being viewed. Firefighters entering the building saw only one side and were not aware of the building’s actual arrangement. The firefighters’…

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment


“Show the love”
Leadership is a foundation principle of our book and also the foundation of our success on the fireground. It is incumbent upon all of us regardless of rank, affiliation, or pay status to seek out mentors to develop our leadership skills because we all lead people.…

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 1:30pm


"Residential Recognition - Take off the blinders!"

"All our senses must be on alert. We must use all our five senses to gather intelligence about the bigger picture, then attempt to validate the smaller tactical pieces to make sure the outcome is what is anticipated. We must absolutely resist the temptation

to put the blinders on and run like a moth to a flame in our tactical decision making." Chapter 21, Page…


Posted on January 31, 2016 at 8:36am


Make Your Ladders Happy!


“Portable ladders want to be used at fires. They want to get out of their ladder racks and be used, see the light of day, be near the heat and smoke, and help you do your job more quickly and easily. They live to be thrown against residential building fires. It makes them happy. They love to be carried or dragged into place by one firefighter. They want to be placed at the level of the residential windowsill for best overall operations.” Chapter 22,…


Posted on January 17, 2016 at 4:02pm

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At 8:14pm 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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