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Seacoast NH training opportunity July 21, 2022

Good News!National Speaker Seminars return to the Seacoast Chiefs!

Register online at or scan the QR code at the bottom of the email.

Space is limited so register ASAP! 

Please print the attached flyer and post in your stations.

The Seacoast Chief Fire

Officers Mutual Aid District 


The Art of Reading Smoke

The class

Today’s structure fires are more dangerous than ever before. Lightweight construction, low-mass synthetics, and open space floorplans have created a perfect storm for rapid, prolific fire growth and extreme behavior. It is imperative for firefighters of all ranks and experience levels to be prepared for this new battle. The Art of Reading Smoke, developed by Dave Dodson and continued by Rob Backer, provides the knowledge necessary for first-arriving firefighters, officers, and chief officers to determine the fire’s location and progression “from the seat” before seeing any flame. Through the extensive use of actual fireground videos, first-time students will develop, and return students will refine their knowledge and skills to become INTELLECTUALLY aggressive firefighters, rather than ARBITRARILY aggressive.


The Instructor

Rob Backer is a 20-year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as the Captain of Engine 76 for Thornton (CO) Fire Department. He has written for Fire Engineering and fire service blogs and has been delivering The Art of Reading Smoke and The Art of the First Due across the country.


Date:  Thursday, July 21st

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $35 – Lunch Included

                                                                                                    Location:  Dover Elks

                    282 Durham Road

                    Dover, NH 03820