June 2nd - 4th 2023, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Classroom sESSION


Anthony Avillo, M.S.

Deputy Chief (Ret)

North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue

North Hudson, New Jersey

Sunday Morning 8:00 - 9:30 & 10:00 - 11:30


"Fireground strategies: Strategic decision making "

 Strategic Decision-Making This presentation will cover the decisions that need to be made regarding fire scene strategy determination based on the arrival and/or forecasted conditions.  Strategy selection considerations, strategy modification cues, and offensive-to-defensive / defensive-to-offensive strategic transition will be a focus for discussion. 

 Situational fire topics will be discussed and highlighted by case studies and lessons learned from past incidents.  Areas of focus will include below-grade fires, attached and closely spaced buildings, cockloft fires, exposure issues, and large-area buildings.  

We will further discuss the recognition of when an exterior strategic opportunity presents itself, precipitating a transitional strategy as the initial fireground action.  Additional insights into strategies and tactics to make a transitional attack more effective will be covered. Further, additional alarm considerations as well as the importance of standard operating procedures as the foundation of fireground control and the importance of progress reports from all operational areas as the basis of ongoing review/evaluation/revision requirements.  

A must for the Incident Commander.


ANTHONY AVILLO, M.S. retired in March, 2015 after a 30-year career in the fire service.  Avillo was a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies and a BS degree in Fire Science from New Jersey City University.  

Avillo is currently the Director and Deputy Fire Marshal at the Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy. He is an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University.  Avillo is an FDIC instructor and member of the FDIC advisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 3rd edition (Fire Engineering, 2015) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volumes I, II, and III (Fire Engineering, 2002, 2010, 2016).  

Avillo also co-authored with Chief Ed Flood Full Contact Leadership, (Fire Engineering, 2017).  He was a contributing author to Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Fire Engineering, 2009, 2018) and is co-author of its Study Guide (Fire Engineering, 2010). Avillo has also contributed to both volumes of the Pass It On books by Billy Goldfeder (Pennwell, 2015, 2016).  Avillo was a collaborator in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (Fire Engineering, 2011) and has had issued the DVD’s Control of Fireground Operations (Fire Engineering, 2016) and Forging a Culture of Safety (Fire Engineering, 2013). 

Avillo also co-hosts a radio show, Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street with Chief Jim Duffy on Fire Engineering BlogTalk Radio.  Avillo was the recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award