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1403: When do you start training with live fire?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Peachey Mar 4, 2011.


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Green Bay, WI
Green Bay Fire
Captain, Training Division
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Rapid Intervention, firefighter survival.
Professional Qualifications:
WI Fire Instructor 3, President, Fire and Industrial Response Enterprises, LLC, a safety, training, and consulting firm.
Topics you provide training for:
Live fire training in acquired structures, live fire training using exterior propane fired props, RIT/ff survival, Engine and Truck Ops, many industrial safety topics.
Areas of expertise:
Live fire training in acquired structures, live fire training using exterior propane fired props, RIT/ff survival, Engine and Truck Ops, many industrial safety topics.
Anthony Piontek is a 19-year veteran of the fire service and is a Captain with the City of Green Bay, WI assigned to the Training Division, and a Captain and Training Officer with the Village of Howard, WI. He has worked Engine, Ladder, and Rescue Companies on both volunteer and career Departments. He was a member of the Department’s Training Advisory, Health and Safety, and Apparatus Specification Committees. Mr. Piontek manages the Training Division based on the needs of the Department, develops and delivers curriculum for all non-EMS activities, and assists the EMS Division in the delivery of continuing medical education. He has also worked as an instructor during many of the recruit academies over the last twelve years. He has coordinated and instructed the Fire Ops 101 course for IAFF Local 141 for the last eight years. He is a past member of the Fox Valley Task Force 3 Technical Rescue Team and the Brown County Arson Task Force.

A proponent of training in the fire service and industrial sector, Mr. Piontek is President and Chief Operations Officer of Fire & Industrial Response Enterprises, LLC, established in 2003. He is in charge of all independent contractors, instructors, scheduling, equipment, purchasing and marketing, and develops and teaches curriculum for both fire departments and industrial emergency response teams throughout the country. He has been a Fire Service Instructor at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for the past 13 years, teaching in the Associate of Applied Science-Fire Science and State of Wisconsin Fire Service Certification programs. He has been in charge of designing and constructing a number of teaching props for the technical college, and assists in curriculum development, instructor development, and scheduling. He is the Instructor/Coordinator and heads the curriculum development sector for the Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School held annually in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He has presented classes at the Wisconsin Firefighter’s Convention and the Professional Firefighter’s of Wisconsin Convention. He has instructed and presented at national firefighter conventions, including FDIC. Mr. Piontek has developed extensive training programs on Rapid Intervention, Firefighter Safety and Survival, and 1403 compliant live fire training using acquired structures and exterior flammable liquid props for fire department training, and numerous industrial emergency response curriculums for industrial fire brigades, confined space entry and rescue, hazardous materials response, and incident command and officer development.

Mr. Piontek has been published in several trade magazines including Fire Nuggets, Fire Engineering, and Fire Chief, and was a contributing editor for Jones and Bartlett Publishing Fundamentals of Firefighter Skills, 1st Edition, and Live Fire Training Instructor, currently under publication. He continues to further his education by attending many fire-based conferences and baccalaureate level classes annually. He has an Associates of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Fire Science from Fox Valley Technical College, is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy.
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1403 and instructors

A few years ago I had a forum on Fire Engineering concerning the level of instruction experience or training to become a live fire instructor.Comments were mixed and even flew into a heated debate on the risk/benefit analysis of conducting such training. It all boils down to this: live fire training is the culmination point for safe and effective fireground training, and should be conducted by "someone who has the training and experience to supervise students during live fire training… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 8:49pm — 4 Comments

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At 9:12pm on August 1, 2009, Tony Mack said…
Hey Tony some instructional videos will be on our website soon. check it out on we now have inventory to move let us know if any of your contacts might be interested with the tool. Thanks
At 6:32am on June 2, 2009, Mike Walker said…
Oh Great and Powerful Oz,

Please give me a call at 405-650-4211. I've an idea that you may be interested in.
At 5:49pm on March 11, 2009, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
I sent the info in a message.. looking forward to seeing you soon.
At 3:29pm on December 20, 2008, Jim Golden said…
Hey Tony,
Following up to your reply you posted in the 1403 group- I'm still trying to locate the Boulder video. Did you have any luck with your contact from NY state? Shoot me an email when you have time:
Thanks and STAY SAFE!.
At 12:29am on December 2, 2008, Doug Price said…
Hey Brother just wanted to drop you a line to check on ya hadn't heard from ya lately or seen ya on the page.Getting ready to do my LP burn cert. class been reading that 1403 stuff again, is there anything else I should look at. thanks Take care Bro.

At 2:18pm on November 11, 2008, Jay Blake said…
Tony, hope all is well with you and your family. Looking forward to working with you and the crew in Indy. Stay safe.
At 4:54pm on October 28, 2008, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
Hey Tony, Is there anyway you could send me more about Tomhawk... Thinking about sending a couple guys next year. Having been really about to get message on here, but my secretary has my email just ask him.. Jenn
At 9:27pm on October 23, 2008, Jamie Morelock said…
Hello my brother from dairyland. Does that old QB from GB still have his resturant open there? Seriously, just checking on the status of the "project". Stay safe.
At 9:02pm on October 22, 2008, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
hey tony, if you get a chance give me a call....... hope your doing well. Jenn
At 12:26am on October 8, 2008, Daryl Liggins said…
Hey Tony, It's ben a while buddy! Hope all is well in Green Bay, I have enjoyed reading some of the stuff you have been publishing. Take care

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