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Fire Command Lecture Attracts Firefighters From Around Central New York

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Retired Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department Michael Lombardo from Buffalo and Chief Wayne Friedman of the Cortland Fire Department.

Firefighters and officers from Cortland and surrounding counties learned about the challenges facing those in command.


Retired Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department Michael Lombardo from Buffalo spoke on “The Five Points of Command.”

Lombardo explained how a fire scene is a dynamic, ever-changing environment. It can be a daunting challenge for firefighters, company officers, and chief officers to control an emergency. Lombardo shared examples from his 43-year career of how a cohesive and smart incident action plan is critical and key to successfully controlling the chaos that firefighters so often respond to.

Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman was one of 38 participating in the interactive class that allowed fire service leaders to see a different view on things and use real-life scenarios to help understand some changes in fire suppression and deployment of personnel.

“This was a great opportunity for our local fire service providers to see some variation on how to do things and ultimately keep all of our members safe and provide for the best outcome,” stated Chief Wayne Friedman of the Cortland Fire Department. Friedman also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. The State chiefs association sponsored the training along with the Cortland County Department of Emergency Response and Communications.

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ mission is to promote training and education for the fire service, as well as promote legislation at the state level that is of importance to all members of the fire service and ultimately impacts the safety of all firefighters and residents of the state of New York.

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