Episode 14: Jim McCormack


“There’s no advanced-level training. There’s only advanced-level performance.”

Our guest for Episode 14 of Refined By Fire podcast is Jim McCormack of the Indianapolis Fire Department and the founder of Fire Department Training Network.

I have to be real with you guys. I’m kind of freaking out over this one. Jim is a wealth of knowledge with a pedigree as good as any, and he took the time to get deep into the weeds with me in discussions about training and skill acquisition. What an incredible privilege it was to have this talk with Jim, and to be able to share it with everyone.


FDTN (you should get a membership!)

My Facebook post re: skill acquisition

Emmanuel Fried’s Fireground Tactics

William Clark’s Firefighting Principles and Practices

A remembrance of Jim’s father, “Big Ed” McCormack

Stephen Tyler