Strategies & Tactics for Residential Fires

This is an 8 hour course designed to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of fire ground operations. You will be able to immediately apply the knowledge and skills learned in this class at your next fire. We expose the REAL reasons communications fail, why our basic skills may be our biggest weakness, and demonstrate how to complete the six critical elements of a 360° size-up in less than 60 seconds.

  • EXPOSED: Three Common Myths Related to Fire Behavior
  • SCENE SIZE-UP: Six Elements you cannot afford to miss
  • REVEALED: The number one problem on the fireground
  • LEARN: how to perform a 360 in 60 seconds
  • ATTACKING: from the unburned side, what they didn’t tell you

“We need to stop trying to be good at making fast decisions and start learning how to make good decisions fast”

Deputy Chief, Al Rufer, MBA, EFO

Great Information

Xtreme FD puts on a great program in the TEN-23 course This program offers great information on what to look for and what to do in the first couple minutes on scene. The basics of a thorough 360 is covered very well. This is an excellent class for entry level firefighters, and a great refresher… Read more “Great Information”

Rick Feiner, Lieutenant
Mazomanie Fire Department

Eye Opening

After recently attending Chief Rufer’s TEN-23 class, I feel I may have one of the best “tools” in my bag. TEN-23 in my opinion is a must for any company officer, It’s an eye opening discussion that is well worth the time.

Bryan Marr, Fire Chief
Mineral Point Fire Department

A Must See

The TEN-23 class is well worth the time to attend. About three weeks after the class our department was paged to a house fire. While en-route to the scene I remembered the term “TWO” (Time of Day, Water, Occupant). I requested mutual-Aid for manpower and tenders. Once on scene I immediately did the 60-second walk… Read more “A Must See”

Charles W. Nye, Asst. Chief
Cobb Fire Department


I recommend the TEN-23 class to all firefighters, company officers and Chiefs’. This class gives you an awareness of how to size-up a fire building when you arrive on scene and develop an action plan to fight the fire. It is very good for new firefighters and company officers. Also a good review for experienced… Read more “VERY GOOD”

Bruce Kienitz, Chief
Avoca Fire Department

Excellent as usual!

As he has in the past, Al Rufer brought a no-nonsense, information filled presentation to our department. In a matter of four hours, he took guys that had never been in a leadership postion and made them feel comfortable being stuck in the officers seat. If your department is like ours, any given day, any… Read more “Excellent as usual!”

Randy Baysinger, Fire Chief
Stockton Fire Department

Felt the Heat…

We all hear of flashovers and the dangers but because it hasn’t happened to us we just pass it off. Being in the simulator and being able to see the signs of a flashover and then watch it occur definitely opens up your eyes and gives you a reality check as to the dangers of an… Read more “Felt the Heat…”

Matt Bartol- Firefighter
Beaver Dam Fire Department (WI)

TEN-23 helped us raise $4,000

We were looking for training that was fresh and practical when Al presented the idea of his “Host a Class” program. The county association sponsored the event and our department was the host location. It was a packed house with nearly 80 people attending. Al is fun, sincere, and delivers his material in a manner… Read more “TEN-23 helped us raise $4,000”

Bryan Marr, Fire Chief
Mineral Point Fire Department

We raised over $5,000

I attended Al’s TEN-23 class a couple of years ago and have wanted to bring him to our area ever since. When I learned about his “Host a Class” program, it became a no brainer. His program by itself is a great deal, but the idea of combining great training and the potential to raise… Read more “We raised over $5,000”

Mark Jerome, Fire Chief
Drummond Fire & Rescue

Skills that are PRACTICAL & EASY to use!

I attended TEN-23 at Monroe Fire School a couple years back and really enjoyed the class. It provides a lot of great tips and concepts that I’ve always kept in the back of my mind. Recently, as the first-in engine company, as I was doing my 360 of the structure and I found myself drawing… Read more “Skills that are PRACTICAL & EASY to use!”

Josh Kammerud, Captain
New Glarus Fire Department, Wisconsin

So I did not look like an idiot…

I just attend the NFA Wisconsin Weekend at Volk Field – Preparation for Initial Company Operations. While in this NFA course, much of the training Al presented to us in Drummond, WI last year was brought to the forefront of my mind. The Ten-23XL training gave me a necessary understanding of an effective initial on-scene… Read more “So I did not look like an idiot…”

Jonathon Dillard, Firefighter
Brule Fire Department

2 Days Later

Only 2 days after I attended the Ten-23XL strategies and tactics class I had a chimney fire in which I was Incident Command. I could not believe how differently I looked at things. I would completely recommend this class to anyone from firefighter up to Chief. I hope that more members of my department will… Read more “2 Days Later”

Kelly Bechel, Battalion Chief
South Area Fire and Emergency Response District

Great Class!

Chief Rufer Is very passionate about the Fire Service. In class he makes sure you know what to look for when doing a 360 in every aspect. He has so many tricks and tips in his toolbox that he passes on to everyone. There was never a dull moment with all of the knowledge he gives you.… Read more “Great Class!”

Brien Cleary, Safety Officer
Darlington Fire Department, WI

Eye Opening Training – TEN-23XL

I just had the opportunity to attend the TEN-23 XL training this last Saturday and it was awesome! Great information I will certainly be taking back to my Department! Thank you Chief Rufer for the great presentation. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who can take it. You won’t be disappointed!

Darin Steinmetz, Lieutenant
Richland Center Fire Department, WI


TEN-23XL is an amazing class taught by an even more amazing instructor! I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend the class and wish I could give the same opportunity to all my firefighters. Thanks for what you do Chief Rufer.

Ryan Simmons, Fire Chief
Platteville Fire Department, WI


Chief Rufer’s Strategies and Tactics for Residential Firefighting was a very informative and thorough training class. Learned a great deal from his very engaging presentation. I would highly recommend bringing XtremeFD in for a presentation!

Eric A. Johnson, Fire Prevention Officer
Boulder Junction Fire Department, WI

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