Fireground Leadership and Operational Excellence on Today’s Demanding Fireground

8 Hour Program

Integrated leading insights and emerging concepts and methodologies related to fireground tactical theory, and suppression needs for effective fireground operations for achieving operational excellence and firefighter safety. This is an engaging and thought-provoking program that challenges conventional fire service paradigms and explores leading edge fire service discussion points from across the American Fire Service profession with new strategic, tactical and operational considerations due to building construction, extreme compartment fire behavior and occupancy risks and the demands associated with today’s evolving and demanding fireground. A look at the emerging fireground in 2020 and beyond will be discussed and how that translates to the increased needs for advanced training, skill sets and operational models to address operational risks, escalating knowledge, skill sets, proficiencies, discipline, fortitude and resiliency and the need for adaptive tactics and operations from all ranks and company assignments.


Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

A 44-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on building construction issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building construction, command management and operational safety. He has been lecturing and instructing throughout the United States and internationally for over thirty-five years. His previously service included Fire Command, Fire Protection & Safety at a US nuclear power plant, over twenty years in field operations & suppression as a commanding company officer in New York and Training & Fire Academy and College academic curricula administration and management and spent over thirty-two years as a volunteer firefighter and officer.

He is the Chief of Operations & Training for the Command Institute and served as a Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He was a 27 year Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and where he authored the Buildings on Fire column and Buildingsonfire series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and is a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Everyone Goes Home Firefighter Safety Advocate. A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Technical Consultant to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.

He is a well-respected Tactical Theorist, researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national & international fire service agenda programs, committees and initiatives that is helping to define the fire and emergency services in training and operations in the years ahead.
Naum is Executive Producer of the Buildingsonfire Series and Productions that include the highly acclaimed website, dedicated to building construction, command risk management and firefighter safety and is also the executive producer of two highly regarded eMedia web sites on PennWell’s & that include and and manages numerous interactive eMedia programs on Facebook, Twitter and He hosts the monthly radio program, Buildingsonfire’s Taking it to the Streets on

He has developed, authored and is publishing a groundbreaking fireground management model-Adaptive Fireground ManagementTM (AFM) and an integrated training curricula model –Five Star CommandTM integrating building construction, risk management and firefighter safety with the latest insights on fire behavior, fire dynamics and tactical modeling and has published new insights on a Tactical Risk Management Model for firefighting operations and is preparing to launch a new methodology on Reading the Building Profiling called the Buildings on Fire FACTSTM process series.

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