Episode 7: Curt Isakson

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"Since he died, I have been obsessed. That might be a bad word, but I have been."

 Curt Isakson is a 28 year veteran of the fire service, a Battalion Chief at Escambia County Fire & Rescue, and a second generation firefighter. Curt is the owner of County Fire Tactics, a website resource for rural-to-urban firefighting. He's the driving force behind several incredible conferences, including High Rise Operations Conference, Command Officer Boot Camp, Water On the Fire, and the upcoming Leadership & Tactics Seminar. Chief Isakson is a passionate and renowned speaker, presenting at FDIC, Firehouse World, and Firemanship Conference PDX. Curt also owns the website www.firefighterrescues.com, which highlights the success of fire departments in saving civilian lives.

I had a blast talking with and learning from Curt. Our topics included the importance of team building, impetus for his mantras "It's Worth the Risk" and "Tactics Put Out Fires", the example and empowerment providing by his late father, Chief Roy Isakson, his support for the 7/8" smoothbore nozzle, and the LODD of his friend and co-worker Maurice Bartholomew and the impact it had on Curt's life and career. You can read Curt's tribute to his friend and the lessons learned

Regarding being "Picasso" on the nozzle: A Fading Art, "The Nozzle"

County Fire Tactics videos

Books Discussed:

 The Book of Andy


This podcast features the song “Spray Paint it Gold”, by Little Glass Men, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Stephen Tyler