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My name is Michael Scotto,MEP, the Director and one of your instructors. I am a 40 year active member of the F.D.N.Y. and a Lieutenant since 1997. I have been assigned to companies in Manhattan & Brooklyn. I'm currently assigned to the Bronx. I am a National Level I & II Fire Instructor, N.Y.S. Fire Instructor and a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certified thru Homeland Security. I design, evaluate and upgrade emergency action plans for cities, towns, facilities, etc. I also instruct at the NYC Fire Academy.

My staff and I will help train your department through insightful and informative lectures combined

with HANDS-ON evolutions.

We are committed to ensuring that your members are better prepared to operate safely and effectively on the fire ground. Legacy's training techniques provide your members with a refreshed perspective of our profession. We base our classes on your operational procedures and your manpower. This allows for a more personal training experience.

Course Descriptions:

RIT: A powerpoint review is given prior to practice stations for hands-on evolutions in Firefighter removal. After the review, students will go through may-day scenarios with blacked-out facepieces or in smoke conditions. Using ropes, ladders, and necessary tools, removal tactics are then rehearsed. The class will also train you on managing a May-Day scenario. This allows for a more complete training session. We utilize a unique removal technique for a more effective rescue for you and your members. (Note: see youtube, for video) This is the least used evolution, but the most important!

Ladder Ops: By using tools, ladders and apparatus positioning, with available manpower, students will understand the importance of knowing their assignments and how to complete them. Your departments SOP's are physically performed, giving students the real feel of operations.

Engine Ops: Charging and operating different size lines with different tips, reinforces the student's knowledge of what it takes to operate a line. Either up or downstairs, in a large area or tight building, students move the line as needed in varied scenarios.

Searching Techniques: We discuss tactics used to locate trapped civilians. Then using ropes, handlines, and tools students practice methods for different types of buildings. Several methods of searching techniques are used. We allow students to figure out, on their own, what works and what doesn't, then we all review those decisions.

Forcible Entry/Thru the Lock: Members practice forcing locks and therefore find the quickest and best way to accomplish this important task. Like a game of pool, the positioning makes all the difference. 

Breaching/Survival: After a powerpoint discussion on methods of breaching and survival tactics, students go through actual scenarios. In this way, students get the needed practice to use these critical skills. Following a handline or a search rope students negotiate obstacles designed to simulate what they may encounter while escaping. Breaching is practiced so students understand what's required for self extrication. This training reinforces May-Day abilities for yourself. These evolutions are done in full gear and on-air, giving the student a real situational effect. Sweating is optional!


Fire ground: lectures contain topics such as reading smoke, risk vs reward logic, flow-path, ventilation, tactical scenarios, etc.

Leadership: How officers and members can effectively operate in different situations. Using common principles of leadership along with what makes a good or effective leader are discussed. Students will compare their thought process with great leaders who have made a difference.

Terrorism: A current topic to be sure. We apply basic tactics along with possibilities to create an environment of thoughtful discussion between students and instructors. Realities of our problems are given and solutions are evaluated. Think, evaluate, observe and solve.

Building Construction: There are many different types of building designs with their inherent strengths and weaknesses. These are reviewed and discussed. Knowing how and why buildings behave under fire conditions is of paramount importance to us.

All of our INSTRUCTORS have extensive training experience in Career, Combined, and Volunteer Department settings.


our INSTRUCTORS speak to you,

NOT AT YOU.......

 Lt. Mike Scotto L.58, FF. Duane Davis L.58, Lt.. Tom Wutz,

& FF. Jason Brezler Rescue 2