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“If you wish to control a problem, you must know more about the problem than anyone else and if you need to know more about the problem, you must coin a terminology, a lexicon, that allows you to understand it and not use imperial rhetoric.”
Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, 1876
John McDonough has been a professional firefighter for 27 years and is an Inspector with the Fire & Rescue NSW , Australia (FRNSW). He is currently the Team Leader of Fire Training and in charge of a team of structural fire instructors delivering live fire training.
After returning from training in Sweden in 2002, John was tasked with changing the way in which his service trained and fought fires. The involved designing a program that catered for the needs of the 6th largest fire service in the world with 338 fire stations and over 7000 firefighters, both professional and volunteer, covering an area of over 800,000 km2.
In 2003 the John developed and ran the first CFBT instructor's course in NSW, Australia and since that date has been head instructor on over 20 CFBT Instructors courses, qualifying over 240 CFBT instructors from many Australian and international fire services.
Since 2003, John's CFBT programs (basic and advanced) has been delivered to over 8,000 firefighters including recruit, career and officer levels. In 2007, the CFBT Level 2 program was introduced along with Tactical Ventilation & PPV. In 2009 the T-Cell multi compartment system was introduced for realistic search & rescue training and tactical considerations. 2012 saw the manufacture of a large volume container system to increase the training realism for large commercial structures.
John has traveled extensively in order to study modern firefighting trends and benchmark against these for world’s best practice in developing training programs. He has delivered fire training courses in Germany, Croatia and Belgium and lectured in Sweden, Hong Kong, Canada and the US.
John is a co-author of 3D Fire fighting – Training, Tactics and Techniques, which in published in the USA by FPP/IFSTA. In 2009 he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his work in structural firefighting training. John has Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and a Advanced Diploma in Management.
John's interests lie in bringing 'fire' and 'firefighter' behaviour together and the importance of ensuring that strategies and tactics are driven by a valid understanding of the prevailing fire behaviour. Similarly, there must also be an understanding of the 'human' element and recognition of how firefighters act under certain conditions and how they interpret information during time critical situations. Only then will can we look at how best to train our firefighters to be safe and effective.