New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Commanding from the Front Seat

FREE 16-Hour (2-Day) Program
The goal of NYSAFC's free 2-day (16-hour) Commanding from the Front Seat program is to assist fire departments in meeting the best practices for the person riding in and commanding from the front right seat of any fire apparatus. These skills are outlined in the Recommended Best Practices for Fire Department Training Programs document issued by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and referenced by the New York State Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau. Through lecture, discussion, class activities, and case studies, students will learn and apply the principles of fireground safety and survival through proper supervision. Objectives outlined in the program entail supervision, direction, tactical knowledge, and communications. Most fire service line of duty deaths (LODDs) are caused by the lack of these essential skills. Limit of 36 students per site. Pre-registration required.

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2019 Dates and Locations:

March 23-24, 2019 • Cattaraugus County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Pioneer Middle School • LGI Room • 12132 Old Olean Road • Yorkshire, NY 14173
Instructors: Jeff Dygert & Paul Melfi

March 23-24, 2019 • Franklin County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Malone Callfiremen • 37 Finney Boulevard • Malone, NY 12953
Instructors: Paul Cousins

March 30-31, 2019 • Albany County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Guilderland Fire Department • 2303 Western Avenue • Guilderland, NY 12084
Instructors: Andy Mihans & Chris Rea

April 6-7, 2019 • Dutchess County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Wassaic Fire Department • 27 Firehouse Road • Wassaic, NY 12592
Instructors: Andy Mihans & Chris Rea

April 27-28, 2019 • Niagara County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility • 5574 Niagara Street Ext. • Lockport, NY 14094
Instructors: William Hanrahan & Paul Melfi

April 27-28, 2019 • Onondaga County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
East Syracuse Fire Department • Station #2 • 148 Sanders Creek Parkway • East Syracuse, NY 13057
Instructors: Jeff Dygert & Mark Zoanetti

May 4-5, 2019 • Chautauqua County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Chautauqua County Fire Training Facility • 2 Academy Street • Mayville, NY 14757
Instructors: William Hanrahan & Paul Melfi

May 4-5, 2019 • Tompkins County
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Dryden Fire Department • 26 North Street • Dryden, NY 13053
Instructors: Paul Cousins & Jeff Dygert