“The training classes and workshops are developed to be approachable, yet professional with the most current information available.”


Firefighter Training

Changes in the fire service are constant. New techniques, new equipment, new standards are the norm today. Keeping a department up to speed on all of this can be challenging for even the most ardent, and that is why Responder 1 Firefighter Training was developed.

Chief Frank Montes de Oca (aka Chief Taco) has been training firefighters for many years, including at annual conferences, in seminars and at the local department level. As a retired chief, he completely grasps the challenges you face with keeping firefighters safe and fully trained.

The training classes and workshops are developed to be approachable, yet professional with the most current information available. Topics are wide-ranging from safety procedures to orientation procedures, and how to handle a promotion.

Along with the training information provided here and in his workshops, Frank has included a number of resources for firefighters here. This ranges from copies of his presentations to valuable videos and papers he has come across.

Please take a moment to review the website, check out Chief Taco’s blog, and share it with others who will find it useful. We welcome and encourage your feedback as we continue to create an informative and valuable resource for our first responder heroes.

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Managing Nursing Home Incidents

The need to care for a growing elder population shouldn’t become a soccer ball kicked around due to a difference of definitions.  Typically, the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility is: a) the assisted or medical services provided; b) physical facility layout; and/or c) the living arrangements.1 Residents of ALFs (Assisted […]

Human Trafficking: What First Responders Should Know

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is generally understood within the United States to mean: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act (sex trafficking), in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person […]

Mentors and Morons Who Taught Me to Lead #007: So, Old Fire Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Recently, I received an email from one of my old colleagues – Bobby K. I’ll leave his last name unfinished – kinda’ like his last duty day. And also, because he’s been able to shed his old habits and start a new, even respectable new persona near his old duty haunts – South 29th Street […]

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