Andy Fredericks Training Days: High Noon


Don’t delay! This sells out fast


We’re proud to be a supporter of the Andy Fredericks Training Days event held every September. This year promises to be just as educational and motivational as the previous years. The 2015 event will take place on 21, 22 and 23 September. Registration opens on Friday, 15 May at 1200 hours. For $150.00 you get three days of instruction, materials, meals and great fellowship. The money goes to The Fredericks Family Fund.

Speakers for this year are:

Dan DiRenzo, Cherry Hill, NJ
Gabriel Angemi, Camden City
Dave Coker, Greensboro, NC
Gary Lane, Kent, OH
John Salka, FDNY
Mike Ciampo, FDNY
Fred Ill, FDNY
Chris Reynolds, FDNY
Mike Lombardo, Buffalo
Tim Klett, FDNY
Robert Morris, Stamford, CT/FDNY

Go here for lodging information.

If you aren’t sure what AFTD is all about, here a few quotes from a past event that will give you a small insight into what goes on:

“One resounding theme in all of these studies: Fast Water. Maybe instead of RECEO we should have WRECEO. Add the “W” and make people understand how important water and that first line is.”

“What will be the results of the ventilation you perform? You have to be able to answer that. The bottom line is that if you create an opening you are ventilating.”

“Talking about competence: Everyone must be “headed somewhere” in their abilities. If you’re not moving forward you’re dying a little.”

“We can’t bring Chicago tactics back to rural Missouri. We can bring Chicago skills back to rural Missouri but we don’t have the people to support the tactics. We have to have perspective on those differences when we take information back to our departments.”

“Failures in a our training systems. Concrete burn buildings with pallets and excelsior creates fuel limited fires. Is this realistic? When we open the windows things get better in these scenarios. This is not realistic when we encounter ventilation limited fires on the street.”

“Every fire I went to … firefighter safety wasn’t on the tip of my tongue. Obviously safety and survival decisions were made at these fires but some people put that [safety] car at the front of the train and it’s hard to get past it.”

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BioPicBill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health was been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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