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Chris DelBello

Training & Tactics

Chris DelBello is a 31-year veteran of the fire service. He currently holds the rank of senior captain with the Houston Fire Department, working in the Midtown District. He is also the district training officer, which encompasses all the stations in downtown and midtown, and holds a Training Officer II certification. DelBello also serves as a captain with the Fort Bend County (Texas) Emergency Service District. Connect with DelBello via email.

Your go-to options include a Halligan, roof hook, flathead ax, force wedge, thermal imager and flashlight
While not a replacement for the gated wye, the leader line is a great option at fires that require longer stretches
This unique mayday drill is highly realistic and physically demanding
If you have a problem with the tactics in another organization, get over it, get over yourself and move on
When wedges are used correctly, there’s often very little force needed to create a large enough door gap
Part 2: A detailed look at standpipe and attack options, building systems, and fireground communications
Part 1: Inside the maze-like hallways, confusing access areas and stairwells, void spaces and other puzzling features that hamper operations
I’m normally quiet about my passion, but you’re stirring up a hornet’s nest with all your chatter about who has it and who doesn’t
Confidence can only be obtained through realistic MCI drills that truly test the system
Training is king at Houston Station 7