Founded right here in Denver, CO, Tactics on Tap is an opportunity for like minded firefighters to gather and learn from each other. Each gathering will have a short presentation from a respected subject matter expert followed by an open forum for all to weigh in, ask questions, share ideas, challenge ideas and build better foundations. Let’s get together and build together!
The Team Behind the Training
Tactics on tap is Justin’s brainchild. It came from a frightening corner deep inside his brain where he called a mayday and he state’s he’ll never go back. He states he feel’s lucky to be saved and gives all the credit to Pete, JD and Cody.
Justin got his passion for firefighting early in life as a explorer in Germantown, TN. He took some bad advice from a high school guidance counselor and started a degree in business administration. After a couple of failed business classes and a large student loan, he learned how to consume large quantities of hops in a given time: Thus, preparing him for Tactics on Tap. Justin moved to Colorado and received an AAS degree in Fire Science. Justin worked at Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority (Greeley Fire Department) and left as an Engineer on the Tiller to pursue a lateral to Littleton Fire Rescue. He currently is the Hazmat Training coordinator and the PPE manager. Justin has helped spec three Engines and one Ladder on the Apparatus committee.
Justin’s house is full of women. He and his wife Abby have 3 daughters. Most weekend are spent at Westernaires or in their camper deep in the mountains. Justin’s family organizes and participates in a Medical Mission to Peru every October.
Pete Scully, aka Pedro, is currently working as a firefighter for Littleton Fire Rescue. Known to some as a tad pole because of his impeccable swimming skills while diving on the dive team and rafting, began his learning of the craft in the mountains of Colorado. He spent 4 years practicing and absorbing the good and bad of the fire service before rolling down the hills to move his practice of the job to the Denver metro area. Pete is the least educated in his family but loves his job more than most. He has a passion for the job and has recently been invested in changing the culture of fire around him.
Cody has the spirit of a wolf. Not only because he was raised by wolves on the western slope of Colorado, he’s also got the body hair to back it up! He left his wolf pack and joined society in time to get his high school diploma, and while attending school began his career as a fireman. He began volunteering at 18 in his home community of Fruita, AKA “God’s Country” and fell in love with the trade. He spent a couple years there before his wolf blood roots called him home to the mountains of Colorado where he got a paying gig as a firefighter. Another couple years went by and he found himself smack dab in the middle of the city working in Aurora, far from the life he once knew. He no longer roams the mountains with his family of wolves, but roams the streets of Aurora with his crew, who have some pretty sharp teeth too! He’s currently a medic riding backwards on Tower 8 in the heart of the Aurora as a member of the Technical Rescue Team. He’s a member of the CO-TF1 as a Rescue Specialist and still finds time to help run the Colorado 9-11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks. Cody has two things that he still protects like a wolf protects his cubs.
- The loves of his life: Wife Carmen and two daughters Layla and Lucy, as well as his faithful dog Maggie.
- His life’s work: Being a fireman, and striving to be damn good at it.
Cody enjoys a frosty beverage now and then and found himself another wolf pack with the Tactics on Tap crew.
JD started in the fire service as a volunteer in Jackson Hole, and has been a firefighter with The Denver Fire Department since 2006. Like many firefighters JD’s first experience with the fire service came at a young age with the juvenile fire setter program. JD has instructed at the Cody fire school and enjoys teaching outside the fire service as well through instructing CrossFit and coaching freshman football. Unlike Cody, “the wolf,” JD doesn’t have a spirit animal, but he very well may be a Yeti or Sasquatch due to his larger than average stature, his scarceness at planning meetings and after recently moving to Tower 23 on the west side of Denver his knuckles drag a little more than they used to.
JD’s one true passion is spending time with his wife April, and his kids Christian and Charlotte.