The Art of Reading Smoke

March 2, 2016


August 27th, 2016


Sponsored by the     

City of Murray Fire Department




What FireFighters are saying about this essential course….


“…the best class I’ve taken in my 23 years as a Fire Officer…”


“This class Rocks!  Everyone in my department needs this class!”


“…of all the classes at FDIC (Indianapolis), this was the most powerful – hands down!”


“…A no (B.S.) class – great instructor!”




It has been said, “So goes First-Due, So goes the Incident!”  Our incidents are changing in scope, impact, and complexity – and so must our ability to RAPIDLY survey and decide the right course of action when first arriving.  Often, the smoke issuing from a building is the only clue that a hostile fire event will quickly trap or kill firefighters.  “Reading Smoke” tells us how to read a fire and predict its progress – the “Art of Reading Smoke” packages this information to help the first-arriving Company Officer or Battalion Chief make the right decision. 


Date and Times: August 27, 2016 09:00 – 17:00

Location:  The Curris Center on the campus of Murray State University - Small Ballroom


Space is limited for this class – Please call Eric Pologruto at 270-762-0320 to ensure space is still available PRIOR TO REGISTERING.


See the following page for more details and registration information.



Instructor:  Dave Dodson, Former Battalion Chief and Safety Officer

Dave has over 33 years in the firefighting business and is the author of the book, “Fire Department Incident Safety Officer,” (Jones & Bartlett, 2015).  He has served as an Incident Safety Officer for over 10 years and is a Past President of the Fire Department Safety Officer’s

Association.  His “Art of Reading Smoke” class is a “standing room only” presentation at FDIC.  Dave is the recipient of the 1997 ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year.




  1. Call Murray Fire Department Administration at 270-762-0320 to confirm that class space is still available.

  2. Complete a registration form for each participant that will be attending.

  3. Class cost is $50 per attendee and includes lunch.  Make checks payable to the City of Murray. Send this registration form and payment to:


            City of Murray City Hall

            Attention: Finance Department

            104 North 5th Street

            Murray, KY 42071


  1. The deadline for receiving completed registrations and payments is July 11th, 2016.


The presentation of this class is dependent upon a minimum number of registered participants.  If this minimum number is not reached, refunds will be sent to each payer.

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