Why Us

Our passion is helping individuals and organizations grow and succeed!

Today, there is a fire service leadership pandemic sweeping America! Experienced fire officers are leaving at a growing rate, causing a vacuum in experience, expertise, and leadership. The fire service needs fire officers who can make a difference, and we can help! Emergency operations, leadership, risk management and strategic planning are all skills required of officers and fire departments. Whether you are an aspiring individual, or an organization trying to bridge the gap, we specialize in training tomorrow’s best fire service leaders and officers.

FDIC Keynote

Chief Anthony Kastros is an FDIC-International and Firehouse World instructor, and was the Keynote Speaker at FDIC 2013. Anthony hosts The Command Show, a monthly blog radio show through Fire Engineering. Kastros teaches leadership/team building and strategy/tactics to firefighters throughout the United States. He has taught thousands of firefighters in leadership, officer development, command and tactics throughout America.

Why is our work so important?

Today, there is a fire service leadership pandemic sweeping America! Experienced fire officers are leaving at a growing rate, causing a vacuum in experience, expertise, and leadership. The fire service needs fire officers who can make a difference, and we can help! Emergency operations, leadership, risk management and strategic planning are all skills required of officers and fire departments. Whether you are an aspiring individual, or an organization trying to bridge the gap, we specialize in training tomorrow’s best fire service leaders and officers.

George D Post Instructor of the Year Award

Anthony Kastros is the recipient of the 2019 International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) George D. Post Instructor of the Year. The George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award recognizes individuals for extraordinary accomplishments in fire service training. Winners of the award are recognized on the main stage during FDIC in April, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Individuals who are selected for this prestigious award have:

  • Advanced the cause of firefighter operational effectiveness and safety;
  • Gone above and beyond the call of duty in training;
  • Brought creativity and innovation to fire training programs, or will have shown great persistence in pursuing an innovative program; and
  • Served as a positive role model for other fire instructors and firefighters throughout the county.

Top Qualifications

  • Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros and his team of highly experienced, inspiring and respected instructors share a passion to develop outstanding fire officers who are ready to meet modern-day challenges. Chief Anthony (Andoni) Kastros is a 33-year veteran of the fire service and Battalion Chief with Sacramento Metro Fire District (ret). He brings a wide variety of experiences, a high level of energy and a sincere passion to his instruction.
  • Chief Kastros literally “wrote the book” on assessment centers. He is author of the Fire Engineering book and video series, Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center – 2nd EditionThe curriculum covers an extremely comprehensive scope of the knowledge, skills and abilities that span the dimensions of leadership, management, and emergency operations.  It is used widely throughout the United States for officer development.
  • Also from Fire Engineering, Anthony authors the 3-part DVD series Mastering Fireground Command – Calm the Chaos! This series focuses on fireground strategy, tactics, and ICS using actual incidents, video and simulations. The series covers fires in houses, multi-occupancies, apartments and commercial buildings.
  • In addition, Kastros authored the video series, Mastering Unified Command – From Hometown to Homeland. The video is focused on bridging the gap between fire and law for a true unified response and command platform to face the “New Normal” that is prevalent in America today.  The video features many experts from around the United States, including former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta. Kastros is donating all proceeds from this video to fallen fire, police and military organizations.
  • Kastros is an FDIC-International and Firehouse World instructor, and was the Keynote Speaker at FDIC 2013 and is the recipient of the 2019 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and Fire Engineering. Anthony hosts The Command Showa monthly blog radio show through Fire Engineering. Kastros teaches leadership/team building and strategy/tactics to firefighters throughout the United States.
  • As a USAR Team Manager with Sacramento Task Force 7, he deployed to Ground Zero on 9/11. Anthony spent 4 years with a Type 1 Incident Management Team, was the program manager for Metro Fire’s Command Training Center and began Metro Fire’s Rescue Company program. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Human Resource Management, an Associate’s of Science in Fire Technology, and is a certified Fire Officer for California.
  • Cynthia Kastros is the Operations Manager for FIRE. She is responsible for strategic planning, new program development, business modeling, and operations. She has an extensive recruitment background in the private sector and owned an executive recruitment firm in southern California. She transitioned to the public sector, where she held a position for the California Office of Education, recruiting teachers. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Services, focusing on family and child development.
  • Anthony and Cynthia Kastros make their home in Carmel, California with their daughters Sophia and Aubrey. Their Faith in God is the center of their lives and drives their instruction and ministry.

Testimonials

Organizations Served

Alaska

Alaska Fire Conference

Anchorage, Alaska FD

Central Mat-Su FD

California

Alameda County FD

American Canyon FDP

American River College

Anaheim FD – North Net Training Center

Appleton, WI FD

Bay Area (CA) UASI

Benicia FD

Berkeley FD

Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection)

California Fire & Rescue Training Authority

California Fire Chiefs Association – Operations Section

California Fire Training Officers’ Symposium (Fresno)

Carmel FD

Carmel Highlands FPD

Carmel Valley FD

Central Merin FD

Compton FD

Contra Costa County Fire

Contra Costa County Training Officers

Cypress FPD

Davis City FD

Diamond Springs/El Dorado FD

Dixon

East Contra Costa County

El Dorado Hills FD

Fairfield FD

Firehouse World San Diego

FireNuggets.com

Folsom FD

Hollister FD

Humboldt Bay FD

Lodi FD

Los Angeles City FD

Marina FD

Merced FD

Milpitas FD

Monterey County Regional Fire District

Monterey County Training Officers’ Association

Monterey FD

Monterey Peninsula College

Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority

Oakland FD

Oceanside FD

Pacific Grove FD

Palo Alto FD

Paso Robles FD

Pebble Beach FPD

Petaluma FD

Rancho Cucamonga FD

Red Helmet Training – Rancho Cucamonga

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Roseville FD

Sacramento City FD

Sacramento Metropolitan FD

Sacramento UASI

Salinas FD

San Diego County UASI

San Francisco Paramedic Association

San Jose FD

San Rafael FD

San Ramon Valley Fire

Santa Ana College

Santa Clara County Training Officers

Santa Clara County UASI

Santa Monica FD

Sierra College

Sierra College Regional Fire Academy

Solano County

South Placer Fire District

Southern Marin Fire District

Stockton FD

Suisan City FD

Turlock FD

UC Santa Cruz FD

Vacaville

Vallejo

Colorado

Foothills FD

Northern Colorado Training Consortium

Pike’s Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Poudre Fire Authority, Colorado

South Metro Fire, Colorado

West Metro Fire, Colorado

Connecticut

Danbury, Connecticut FD

Delaware

Delaware State Fire College

Florida

Broward County, FL

Pinellas County Training Officers, Florida

Georgia

Covington GA FD

Forsyth County GA FD

Sandy Springs FD

Idaho

North Idaho Fire Chiefs’ Association

Illinois

Algonquin Lake in the Hills FD

Carol Stream, Illinois FPD

Fire Training Resources, Illinois

Huntley FD

Illinois Fire Chiefs Association

Indiana

Columbus FD

FDIC, Indianapolis (Fire Department Instructors’ Conference)

Lawrence, IN FD

Iowa

Council Bluffs, IO

Iowa State Fire School

Louisiana

Louisiana State University

Minnesota

Maplewood MN FD

Minnesota State Fire Chiefs

Saint Paul MN FD

Roseville FD

Missouri

Florissant Valley Fire District – St. Louis, MO

Muddy River FOOLS

Montana

Billings FD

Nebraska

Lincoln, NB FD

Omaha, NB FD

North Carolina

Kannapolis FD

North Dakota

North Dakota Firefighters’ Association

New Mexico

San Juan County Fire, New Mexico

Nevada

Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada FD

Reno Fire Department, Nevada

New York

Clarence/Newstead Fire Chiefs’ Association – Amherst, New York

Oregon

Northwest Oregon Association of Fire Service Trainers

Portland Fire & Rescue, OR

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR

Pennsylvania

Forks Township, PA FD

South Carolina

York County Fire Agencies

Texas

Dallas, TX Fire/Rescue

Denton FD

Fort Bend County EMS

Houston FD

McQueeney TX FD

Missouri City

Waco Texas FD

Utah

Salt Lake Valley Fire Alliance

Utah Local Governments Trust

Washington

Bellevue FD

Eastside Fire & Rescue, WA

Gig Harbor, Washington FD

Kent, Washington FD

Mercer Island FD

North Kitsap Fire

Puget Sound Fire Authority, WA

Redmond FD

Riverside Fire & Rescue, Centralia, WA

Seatac, Washington FD

Seattle FD, WA

Spokane, WA FD

Spokane Valley, WA FD

Tacoma, WA Firefighters, Local 31

Wisconsin

Appleton, WI

Wisconsin EMS Association

Partner Organizations