Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE
Chief of Training, Command Institute | Tactical Theorist
Consultant, NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program
Past Vice President, International Society of Fire Service Instructors
Contributing Editor, – FireEMS Blogs: & Frm. Contributing Editor, Firehouse Magazine &

A 44-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on building construction issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building construction, command management and operational safety. He has been lecturing and instructing throughout the United States and internationally for over thirty-six years. His previously service included Fire Command, Fire Protection & Safety at a US nuclear power plant, over twenty years in field operations & suppression as a commanding company officer in New York and Training & Fire Academy and College academic curricula administration and management.

He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute and served as a Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He was a 27 year Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and where he authored the Buildings on Fire column and Buildingsonfire series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and is a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Everyone Goes Home Firefighter Safety Advocate. A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Technical Consultant to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.

He is a well-respected Tactical Theorist, researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national & international fire service agenda programs, committees and initiatives that is helping to define the fire and emergency services in training and operations in the years ahead.

Naum is Executive Producer of the Buildingsonfire Series and Productions that include the highly acclaimed website, dedicated to building construction, command risk management and firefighter safety and is also the executive producer of two highly regarded eMedia web sites on PennWell’s & that include and and manages numerous interactive eMedia programs on Facebook, Twitter and He hosts the monthly radio program, Buildingsonfire’s Taking it to the Streets on Blogtalkradio. He is working closely with Chief Bobby Halton and is presently expanding his roles and affiliation with PennWell’s Fire Engineering Magazine, and FireRescue Magazine with a highly anticipated article series and new columns and emerging training products on Building Construction, firefighting operations integrating emerging research while incorporating the lessons from our rich past.

He has developed, authored and is publishing a groundbreaking fireground management model-Adaptive Fireground Management (AFM) and an integrated training curricula model –Five Star Command integrating building construction, risk management and firefighter safety with the latest insights on fire behavior, fire dynamics and tactical modeling and has published new insights on a Tactical Risk Management Model for firefighting operations and is preparing to launch a new methodology on Reading the Building Profiling called the Buildings on Fire FACTS process series.