“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which a fireman has to do believe his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice.”

Edward F. Croker, Chief of Department, F.D.N.Y. 1899-1911

Remember There Are No Routine Responses

Frank C. Montagna

As firefighters, you are entrusted with people’s lives and need to be highly trained in fire and emergency response. provides need to know information for gas and electric emergencies and fires. It also offers information on many other types of firefighting responses.


My book, “Responding to Routine Emergencies” offers information that you need to know for utility emergencies and fires, as well as other common fires and emergencies. It contains valuable safety and tactical information regarding utility and other “routine” responses such as kitchen fires, heating system fires, trash fires and carbon monoxide response. The book is available from Amazon and from the Fire Engineering Books website.

My articles, which you can find on my Training Resources page, will provide you with additional information on utility emergencies and fires, carbon monoxide response, and other various firefighting topics. In addition, I have provided a Links page that offers training and general firefighting information. I also provide tactical and safety tips for gas, electric, and other types of responses on my Training Tips page. My Memorial page remembers fallen members of Ladder 170 and Engine 257.

If you would like to discuss firefighting scenarios, or have questions about what I’ve written, you can find me on Facebook.

Battalion Chief Frank Montagna retired as a 43-year veteran of FDNY. During his last 26 years he served as battalion chief. His last seven years in the department were spent at the FDNY Fire Academy as the Officer in Charge of Curriculum and Officer Development. Here he created promotional and other courses for the department, and prepared instructors to teach them. He also created computer fire simulations for use in various FDNY courses and for the department’s on-line training site. Working closely with the Consolidated Edison Emergency Response Group, he authored several Training Bulletins and articles on Utility emergencies. A nationally recognized instructor and author, Chief Montagna has written more than 40 articles on various firefighting topics which have appeared in “FIRE ENGINEERING” and “WNYF” magazines. He has also written a book, “RESPONDING TO ROUTINE EMERGENCIES”, which is published by PennWell Publishing. Chief Montagna has taught several courses for John Jay College, including a management course, a course based on his book, as well as a co-teaching Strategy and Tactics for Fires and Emergencies with Chief Vincent Dunn. Chief Montagna lectures, around the country, on a number of fire related topics, has worked on training issues with the Long Beach NY Fire Department and has made his published articles available on this website.

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