Oren Bersagel-Briese

First Due Priorities: Is the focus on firefighter safety providing the citizens their best possible outcome?

Course Description:

The tactics of the first-in company are squarely at the intersection of firefighter safety, department policy, training, and citizen need. We’ll discuss how to prioritize tactics in a way that promises the public their best opportunity at a positive outcome, gaining a tactical advantage through preparation, how to increase operational tempo, and provide you with actionable takeaways to immediately apply on your crew.


Oren Bersagel-Briese, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue: A 27-year member of the fire service, and is currently the Division Chief of Training with the Castle Rock (Colorado) Fire and Rescue Department. He has extensive teaching experience, is one of the founders of the Denver 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and is a member of the NFFF 9/11 Stair Climb Steering Committee. Oren loves skiing, the Grateful Dead, DC punk music, truck work, and Arsenal football. He also hates Comic Sans and sees double spacing after periods as archaic and completely unnecessary.