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Nicholas Papa
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Lives in:
Cheshire, CT
City of New Britain Fire Department
Fire Lieutenant
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
MPA in Emergency Management;
BS in Public Safety Administration;
Rescue Tech: Confined Space, VMR, Rope, Trench
Aerial and Pump Operator
Topics you provide training for:
Fire Dynamics
Hose Line Deployment and Advancement
Nick is a lieutenant with the City of New Britain (CT) Fire Department, assigned to Engine Co. 1; previously serving in Ladder Co.2 as a private. He started out as a volunteer with the Newington (CT) Fire Department before joining the ranks of the NBFD. Nick is a second-generation firefighter with over fourteen years of experience. He is a frequent contributor to Fire Engineering and an FDIC classroom instructor. Nick is also a member of the UL advisory panel for the Study on Coordinated Fire Attack.

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Pearls of Wisdom from the Past: Door Control & Isolation

When it comes to search, door control (isolation) is not just for VES, it can be utilized during conventional operations as well.  When searching ahead of the engine, immediate control of the entry door…

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"

     The title of this blog post is borrowed from Chief Van Dorpe’s 2012 FDIC keynote speech.  Within that address, he made one of the most profound statements regarding our duty as fire instructors:

“Those of us who call ourselves instructors, those of us who are teachers, must be agents of change – we must be the early adopters.  We must be the people, the advocates of the new and the different: new techniques, strategies, new tactics.  But at the same time, we must never…


Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:30am

Outnumbered Does Not Mean Outgunned

     How is it that the Navy SEALs (and other special operations forces) are able to continuously prevail in combat situations where they are grossly outnumbered?  What is it that allows them to defeat their enemies despite overwhelming adversity?  You may think the answer is simply their extensive cache of high-tech equipment, but you could not be any more wrong.  While possessing the most advanced hardware certainly bolsters their capabilities, they are merely supplemental in nature.  As…


Posted on March 2, 2016 at 2:00pm

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