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Engine, Truck and Command Operations With Light Staffing – Athens, PA

March 22 - March 24


Engine, Truck and Command Operations With Light Staffing
Athens Borough Fire Department
2 River Street Athens, PA
Program Dates and Times :3/22 6:30—10:00 PM 3/23 & 3/24 8:30 AM—4:00 PM

We all struggle with challenges that look like unscalable mountains. Light staffed fireground operations are no different. The good news is that there are  strategies that can work  to improve efficiency without compromising safety. This program will delve into three fireground functions: Engine, Truck, and Command functions.

By looking at the essential tasks that need to be identified, assigned and completed, light staffing does not have to equate with defeat.

Over three days students will experience best practices when faced with light staffed fireground scenarios. From command officers to the company officer down to the rookie firefighter all will benefit from this intense hands on program.

Class size is limited. Full PPE required for all students! 

Lead Instructors:
Ron Richards
A PA State Fire Instructor, Chief Richards has over 40 years of experience in both career and volunteer fire services serving as Fire Chief in three departments.   He is the founder of and the President of Task Force 1, Inc.

Kristian Short
Kristian is a 14 year veteran in the fire service. Currently Kristian is an emergency vehicle driver (EVD) with the Baltimore City Fire Department. He is assigned to Truck Company 8 in the South West section of the city.

Captain Chris Tobola
Chris is a 24-year veteran of the fire service, and Sr. Captain in the Houston Fire Department. Chris is assigned to Ladder Company 51 B-Shift, on the Southwest side in the City of Houston.

Class size is very limited. SCBA and PPE required for all students.

For additional information contact Chief Mike Polzella at


Athens Borough Fire Department


Athens Borough Fire Department
2 River Street
Athens, PA United States
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