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Lives in:
Wallingford CT
New Haven Fire
Battalion Chief, President Local 825, Drillmaster
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Promotions, Training, Staffing and OSHA
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer
Fire Instructor
HazMat Tech
President of Ricci Consulting
Freelance Field Producer for Fire Engineering

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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.
Areas of expertise:
"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 a Battalion Chief and the Drillmaster for the New Haven Fire Department and Co-host the radio show Politics & Tactics. BC. 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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Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate "Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

Hitler Takes A Position on the Latest Tactical Debate

"Really This is Your Advocate For Change"

I am not offend by the recent YouTube Clip. We have enough of that in our political debates. However I do know bad taste when I see it. One of this Nations founding pillars is the freedom of Expression. It is one of our…


Posted on June 29, 2015 at 6:30am

June 29th Politics & Tactics Show on Fire Engineering "Why Words Matter & A Personal Look at A LODD

Tonights Show:
Steve Whitehead FDIC Instructor, Firefighter, medic from South Metro Fire Rescue will cover the hidden rules that govern human influence. We will discuss the power of non-verbal communication. He will tell us how to recognize what we say before we ever say a word and explore the language of rapport. We will talk about how…

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:57am

Pulling Ceilings: Search, How to Take a Break and Never Giving Up Your Tool!

Three quick tips By, PJ Norwood & Frank Ricci:

1. Taking an extra second is key, take time to perform a hasty search before pulling the ceiling. Covering a victim can jeopardize the entire operation.

2. Always pace yourself, have a line with you and keep your back towards the exit.

3. Never give up your tool! If an experienced firefighter or officers attempts to take it,…

Posted on June 20, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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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 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
At 9:10am on April 27, 2010, Jeffrey Post said…
Outstanding job at FDIC!

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