Christopher Naum

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Chief of Training, Command Institute, USA

National Instructor, Author, Lecturer, Fire Officer and Tactical Theorist

Technical Consultant, NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

Past Vice-President, International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Executive Producer & Editor: | |


A 39-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 is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute and is the past Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, International Association of Fire Chiefs-IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. A prolific author and writer, he advocates and writes extensively within various fire service eMedia training forums and groups including Fire, FireRescue Magazine and, where he authors the Building Construction & Firefighter Safety Groups and Command Safety forum. His popular interactive scenario based series; Ten Minutes in the Street are a regular feature on, and now on

He has been a Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine since 1988 and since 2002 where he authors the Buildings on Fire column and the periodic Buildingsonfire blog series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy (USA) and is a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), 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 and technical reviewer to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.

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

Chief Naum is the Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed dedicated to building construction, command and operational risk management and firefighter safety. In addition, Chief Naum manages numerous interactive eMedia programs with Buildingsonfire on Facebook, @commandsafety on Twitter and is the producer and editor of & on Fire Engineering’s & PennWell’s and network.

Websites and Blogs

Chief Naum has an extensive resume of professional credentials and experience including prominent United States and International Conference deliveries and presentations. A full biography and select listing of presentations is available to qualified requesters.  He provides comprehensive consultation services, including incident action assessments, investigative & analytical incident reviews  and performance reviews, and lectures, instructs and keynotes throughout the United States, North America and Internationally. Program offerings available via site link or by request.

He can be reached at


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