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Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.
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  • Kenner, LA
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Lives in:
Kenner, LA
Marathon Petroleum Company
Battalion Fire Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Industrial fire department
Top issues in your department:
Professional Development
Professional Qualifications:
Chief Training Officer designation through CPSE
NPQ Fire Officer IV
NPQ Fire Instructor III
Live Fire Instructor
EMS Instructor
Georgia designated Chief Fire Officer
ISFSI Training Officer credential
NPQ Evaluator
Incident Safety Officer
NPQ Public Fire & Life Safety Educator
Hazmat Technician
Topics you provide training for:
Engine Company Operations
Strategy and Tactics
Incident Command
Industrial Firefighting
Hazmat, Confined Space, Rope Rescue
Professional Development
Training Program Development and Management
Areas of expertise:
Training Program Development and Management
Industrial Firefighting
Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. Thomas is a 15 year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as a Battalion Fire Chief for Marathon Petroleum Company in Garyville, LA. During his career, Thomas has served with large, urban fire departments in Metro Atlanta and Memphis, TN. Thomas has served in the roles of Firefighter, Lieutenant and Training Officer. Thomas holds Chief Training Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Paramedic and credentialed Training Officer through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Thomas has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Keiser University and finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. Thomas is also a contributing editor for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Fire Engineering Training Community and is an ISFSI State Ambassador.

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The Armadillo Effect: Art of Foreseeability

The Armadillo Effect: Art of Foreseeability

by: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.


            Have you ever wondered how Armadillos are always seen dead on the side or the middle of the road? Have you wondered how a squirrel jukes back and forth in the roadway when a vehicle approaches sometimes making it across and sometimes not? Have you wondered how an Eagle is able to soar high above and a precisely locate their prey?…


Posted on January 24, 2018 at 7:09am

Truck Company Operations- The Keyboard Drill

Truck Company Operations- Keyboard Drill

By: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.


            As much time that is involved in creating a musical masterpiece it is critical to have the knowledge and skill set to operate your equipment effectively.  Learning a new instrument takes time and practice.  Mistakes will be made and the end result is an unfinished, raw product.  However, over time and with more practice, you’ll be well on…


Posted on October 25, 2017 at 11:16pm

Eye in the Sky: Drones for Fire Service Training

Drones have added tremendous value in the fire service since the beginning of the second decade of this century.  In its multitude of uses ranging from a 360-degree size-up tool to delivering high-profile images in real time to commanders as they decide how to respond, conducting flyovers of areas involved in natural disasters, and locating seats of the fire in firefighting operations, to name a few.  Drones used for fire service training can also be a substantial value added tool.  Drones…


Posted on September 5, 2017 at 5:10am

Mastering the Size-Up

Mastering the Size-up

by: Thomas D. Kuglin Jr.

Becoming proficient with sizing up the fireground takes practice.  Not only in terms of the main components of a well-described size-up, but also in the way it’s conveyed over the radio.  The way in which the information is conveyed is just as important as what the content of the message is.  If either of these are not in sync, the initial operations on the fireground…


Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:37am

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