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Michael R. Horst
  • 67, Male
  • Dauphin, PA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Dauphin Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Bureau of Fire - Retired
Battalion Chief - Retired
Years of public service:
40 total with 34 career
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Doing it 'right' with reduced staffing. They're doing just fine.
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership from the top to the bottom
Street Smart Strategy & Tactics
Front Seat Mastery
Truck Company Operations
Engine Company Operations
Special Operations Rescue
Areas of expertise:
Street Smart Strategy, Tactics & Leadership
Truck Company Operations
Fire Ground Operations in Urban & Rural Environments
Fire Officer Development
Front Seat Rider/Officer Development
With 40 years in the fire service I retired in 2013 from a career fire department. For over 34 years serving The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, an urban capital city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Proudly serving as firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Senior Battalion Chief. Finally retireing after serving as acting Deputy Chief of Operations and finally acting Chief of Department. Concurrently served with a progressive volunteer fire company for many years serving as a fireman, company officer and chief training officer. I have nearly 20 years with FEMA USAR PA-TF1. Currently serving PA SCTF Type IV Incident Management Team. I Instruct for the Harrisburg Area Community College specializing in Front Seat Rider, Leadership and Strategy and Tactics. Currently a private vendor for the PA State Fire Academy in course development and instruction. I currently operate a multi discipline training and consulting company Trident Training Specialists - Team Red is fire centric training & consulting. Team Green serves the business and infrastructure community in training and consulting.Team Gold Front Training deals specifically with leadership, officer development and strategy and tactics training. I remain an eager student but also have been a fire service mentor/instructor for many, years in the fire service. I provide public speaking, Keynote and training throughout the country. Sharing thoughts and experience for the benefit of others is important to me. I have provided articles for publication to Traditions Training LLC and the Fire Engineering Blog community.

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Never Leave The "Emergency" Out Of Your Bypass Operations

Recently while observing a rural fire department's annual SCBA certification process I noticed a distressing trend with the younger members. While operating in a dark and simulated smoke filled environment members were asked to identify the location of their 'bypass'.  As a whole most of them struggled, it was not instinctive at all. When asked to display how to use the…


Posted on January 5, 2016 at 12:00am

A Different Kind Of Christmas Story


A Different Kind of Christmas Story


As Ted hustled up the short macadam driveway he could smell the unmistakable odor of a ‘job’. It was a chilly evening and he was riding the ‘barman’ seat on the ladder.  Above the wail of the other incoming first due apparatus he could distinctly hear the sounds of his…


Posted on December 29, 2015 at 11:30pm

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