Fireground Safety—10 Frequent Mistakes, 10 Best Practices

Course Description:

In 10 Frequent Mistakes, 10 Best Practices, Dr. Richard Gasaway will take you through common mistakes and best practices he has discovered after extensive evaluation of more than 500 near-miss reports and line-of-duty casualty investigations.

Gain insight into how fireground safety can be improved through a variety of roles, including: staffing, communications, command activities, size-up strategy, standardized procedures, training, near-miss events, and post-incident evaluation.

Join us at this workshop to improve your understanding of what's killing firefighters at incident scenes and how you can improve fireground safety.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Richard B. Gasaway has served for 33 years as a first responder in six organizations around the country. He is currently the Chief Scientist at the Public Safety Laboratory, an organization dedicated to applying lessons in research to improve first responder safety. Dr. Gasaway’s passion is improving first responder training and leadership.

Course Agenda
5:00 p.m.—Registration and dinner
5:30 p.m.—Session
9:30 p.m.—Adjourn

Time: 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Audiences: Members involved in developing, delivering, or receiving emergency response training: Fire Chiefs, Fire Training Officers, Firefighters, Top Appointed Officials, Risk Managers
Fee: $15 (Includes dinner and materials)


  • Sept 17—St. Cloud—Registration for this workshop is now closed
    River’s Edge Convention Center
    Room: Stockinger Suite
    10 4th Ave. S. (view map)
    St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Sept. 22—Crookston
    Crookston Inn
    2200 University Ave. (view map)
    Crookston, MN 56716
  • Sept. 23—Bemidji
    Sanford Center
    Room: Lakeview A
    1111 Event Center Dr. (view map)
    Bemidji, MN 56601
  • Sept. 24—Sandstone
    Sandstone Senior Center
    206 North Main St. (view map)
    Sandstone, MN 55072

Testimonials from Past Participants:
“This has been by far the best class I have taken in the past 11 years I’ve been a fireman.”
–Terry Birkeland, Firefighter, Frazee

“Dr. Gasaway’s experience, education, and passion for the fire service is saving lives of firefighters!"
-Steve Flaherty, Executive Director, MN Board of Firefighter Training and Education