Camano Fire offering two firefighter education classes June 29

April 11, 2024

Retired Captain Mike Gagliano from Seattle Fire will offer two firefighter education classes on Camano Island on Saturday, June 29: The Art of Go no Go, and This House Rocks.

This is a two-part seminar offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Madrona/Vista Fire Station, 273 NW Camano Drive.

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The Art of Go/No-Go
8 a.m. to noon

The toughest and most critical decisions firefighters make make in their career typically revolve around committing to an interior attack or choosing another route. Seasoned officers know the difference between “We can get it” and “It’s lost.” You should too. Using a simple framework that allows you to build on your experiences and those of others, you can develop an intuitive approach that grows with you throughout your career. This is not a magic class, and no one becomes a great decision maker by attending a few classes and watching a few videos. The goal is to create a framework of three varying profiles: Rescue, Building, and Fire. These profiles allow you to keep focused on your decisions and give you the ability to draw on what you’ve learned and react to changes in the dynamic fire environment.

This House Rocks
1 to 5 p.m.

This program is designed for company officers and leaders inside a firehouse to learn how to interact with other members of the department. The idea is to make interpersonal relationships and required skills part of our daily lives in the firehouse. The firehouse can be a great place to work or it can be a tour in hell. This depends on the members, the leaders, and the organizational values of the firehouse. This class will review ways to make your firehouse a much better place to work or volunteer.

About Captain (Ret.) Mike Gagliano

Mike Gagliano has more than 33 years of fire/crash/rescue experience with the Seattle (WA) Fire Department and the United States Air Force. He teaches across the country on Fireground Tactics/Decision-Making, Air Management, Leadership, and Company Officer Development. He has written numerous articles and is co-author of Air Management for the Fire Service and Challenges of the Firefighter Marriage.