1st Due Without a Crew: Short Handed Firefighting Program

2 Hour Program

Fire departments all over the United States are seeing a significant decline in the number of volunteer firefighters. In 1984 there were 897,759 volunteer firefighters responding to eleven million calls. In 2014 there were 788,850 volunteer firefighters responding to thirty-one million calls. This program will review the safety challenges of managing a structure fire with limited personnel. Realistic expectations of fire attack and the importance of line choice, placement and deployment. Learn the skills needed to implement fully involved, laser focused fireground operations, size-up, tactics and strategies.


Chief Roger Audette

Roger Audette is the Fire Chief for the Augusta, ME Fire-Rescue Department, a career Fire / Rescue / EMS agency in Maine’s Capital City. Chief Audette proudly served as a Volunteer Firefighter for 18-years with the Winthrop Maine Fire Department. With over 30 years of diverse experience, Chief Audette has served in many operational positions and capacities. Chief Audette is a graduate of the Paramedic Academy at Kennebec Valley Technical College and is a certified Fire Officer II and Instructor II. He teaches extensively in Maine and New England. He is President of the Central Maine Fire Chief’s Association and serves on the Maine EMS Board. Roger resides in Readfield & Greenville, Maine and is the owner of Pine Point Fire Training, a Maine based fire training & consulting company.