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UPCOMING EVENT: Optimal Command & Control at Right of Center & Mayday Fires

Mayday fire operations are a rather rare and infrequent event. However, the gravity and consequences of a mayday event demands that command and company officers be well prepared tactically, physically, cognitively, and emotionally. To enhance these skills this dynamic program will illuminate firsthand lessons gleaned from fireground commanders with experience managing “right of center” and mayday fires, as well as trends collected, compiled, and identified in the FDNY’s global research and data set. It will also explore how an understanding of human factors and a concerted effort to optimize human performance can enhance decision-making and the methodology incident commanders employ to effectively prepare for a mayday event. 

Jeff Facinelli is an FDNY Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 18 in the Bronx. Jeff joined the ranks of the FDNY on February 4th, 2001. He previously served in Ladder Company 40, Engine Company 67 in Washington Heights as a Lieutenant, and Engine Company 23 in Manhattan as Captain. Jeff is a program manager for the FDNY's Mental Performance Initiative (MPI) as well as a core instructor for the FDNY Captain Development course and FDNY Command Course for battalion chiefs. Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in Fire Science from the University of New Haven (CT). Jeff is married to his wife Lisa and together they have four sons.

Jason Brezler is a FDNY Lieutenant presently assigned to Squad Company 252 in Brooklyn. He was a firefighter in Rescue Company 2. Jason is a field grade Marine officer and was a combat leader in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the USMC's Command and Staff College and holds a MS from Oklahoma State University. Jason frequently lectures at the US Naval Academy and US Military Academy about human performance and navigating leadership dilemmas in lethal environments. He serves as the program manager for the FDNY’s Mental Performance Initiative (MPI) and is the founder of Leadership Under Fire.

Friday, November 3, 2023 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (351 Pleasant Lake Avenue Harwich, MA)

Cost: $80.00 ea. includes all program costs, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Make Checks payable to: Cape & Islands Fire Chiefs Association C/O Fire Chief Robert Moran, Brewster Fire Department 1671 Main Street Brewster, MA 02631

Space is limited to 100 attendees! Reserve your spot asap!

For program information contact: Brewster Fire Chief Robert Moran at


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