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Nicholas Papa
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  • Cheshire, CT
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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…

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

The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part Four - Controlled

     The fireground is a highly dynamic environment that is layered with varying degrees of complexity and uncertainty.  Each incident we face will present its own set of variables, which must be specifically accounted for, and addressed accordingly – especially in regards to ventilation.  As Andy Fredericks (1996) once wrote, “…ventilation parameters are highly variable and may change many times during the course of a fire.”  Emanuel Fried (1972) similarly stated that “Every building has…


Posted on July 12, 2016 at 6:00am

The Four Tenets of Ventilation: Part Three - Coordination

    Coordination is arguably the most influential and critical of the four tenets.  There are three elements of ventilation that determine its impact on the fireground: timing; location; and amount.  While there is a set of fundamental parameters for which they follow, each of these variables is inherently unique to every incident.  Communication with the interior crews is essential to properly addressing those factors and ensuring that any actions taken will facilitate a specific objective;…


Posted on June 15, 2016 at 6:00pm

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