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Welcome to Gustin Fire Training

Bill Gustin, a 39 year veteran of fire service is captain of Miami Dade Fire Rescue and lead instructor in his department’s officer training programs. Gustin currently serves on the editorial board and is a technical advisor for Fire Engineering Magazine. He began his fire service career in the Chicago area and teaches fire training programs in Florida and other states.



“A Message from Captain Gustin”

We can avoid line of duty deaths and career-ending injuries by learning from the experiences and tragedies of other fire fighters who have been there. We do this through rigorous training and research. Every lesson that you learn from what went wrong at a fire that YOU DIDN’T GO TO is another bullet that you dodge.

Fireground Safety: Collapse Hazards of Overhangs

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Soffits can be sheet metal, plywood; particularly “T-111” or consist of a thick and heavy layer of stucco applied to wire lathe that hangs from furring strips nailed across the bottom of the overhead. (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue photo) There are two basic types of overhangs; structural and non-structural. Structural overhangs are a continuation of the roof assembly; such as trusses or beams, that extend over the exterior walls of a building. Photo 1 (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue photo) … >>

Near Miss: Post-Fire Metering for Carbon Monoxide

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue companies fought a fire in a first-floor apartment of a four-unit apartment building at approximately 0300. The building had two apartments on the first floor and two on the second floor. Approximately two hours after the fire was declared under control occupants of the unit directly above the fire asked firefighters, who were performing overhaul, if they could return to their apartment which was perfectly clear of smoke and smoke odor. An experienced veteran Captain gave them … >>

FDIC General Session Ceremonies – Keynote Speaker Bill Gustin discusses issues facing today’s Fire Service

Bill Gustin, Captain, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department. Bill explains why people believe firefighters are overpaid and that fire departments are to blame for a city’s economic problems. >>

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Safety Stand Down: Fire Pumps and Fire Trucks

In part 2 of this video from the Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Safety Stand Down, firefighters continue their education with a session on water supply.

“These videos will help close the disconnect between fire officers and the folks that design and install systems that we as firefighters depend on,” said MDFR Captain Bill Gustin. Gustin is a technical editor for Fire Engineering.

Humpday Hangout: Discussing Firefighting Tactics with Our Brothers Abroad

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bobby Halton, Mike Dugan, and Bill Gustin discuss firefighting tactics with veteran fire officers from Australia and Germany. The discussion will focus on how firefighters in different parts of the world operate with a limited water supply due to having water mains that are typically much smaller than in the USA.

Learn how our foreign counterparts are adapting their tactics to cope with emerging fire problems, such as combustible exterior cladding, escalating heat release rates due to an increase in petrochemical based materials, and new buildings that have greater combustible construction and less compartmentation than older, legacy buildings.