Fire Tactics

Fire Tactics

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The sad truth is that while making fire is probably the most universally prioritized skills recognized by survivors and preppers it is also likely the least practiced. Often times people don't understand how difficult it is to make a fire with what you have on your person until they realize that they are cold and wet, their bic does work, and they have no tinder.

Your ability to win the fight is irrelevant if you don't make it to the fight, and if you could pick how you would lose a fight dying of exposure probably wouldn't be on the list. Of equal concern is the fact that if you CAN get a fire going, a fire can also be a risk in and of itself, helping an enemy force locate you when you are at your most vulnerable.

Fire Tactics is a class designed not only to help you get a fire going with what you have, but also to teach you when to have a fire and how to have a fire. Minimizing smoke and light signature while maximizing directed heat regardless of your environment. Class skills are taught in order, and build on themselves.

Day 1

-Finding tinder and kindling in any environment

-Understanding your tools and their limitations

-Knife skills and safety

-How to start and maintain your fire

-Different methods and techniques to building and designing your fire

Day 2

-Advanced fire techniques

-Advanced Knife Skills

-Dakota Fire Pits

-Friction Fire

Equipment List

* This is a DECEMBER CLASS- bring warm clothes, and extras!

-One (1) open mind
1- A *utility knife
2- Bring a lunch to the range both days
3- A **ferro rod AND striker
4- A ***folding saw/ hatchet
5- A bic lighter, or multiple bic lighters
6- Raingear (We shoot rain or shine)
7- Hat and sunblock
8- Knee Pads (Optional)
9- Drinking water
10- Bug Spray -
11- Pen and paper -
12- Cleaning, sharpening, and lubrication equipment -
13- Any camping gear needed, if you will be camping

NOT REQUIRED but nice to have

-folding chair,

-tarp/ poncho

-550 cord

-small folding table

-small shovel like a spetznaz shovel

* Utility Knife- I say a utility knife instead of a "bushcraft" or "survival knife" because I want you to bring a practical tool that you would actually use. I can teach you to make fire with any knife, but I would suggest a blade with a square spine for a ferro rod notch, and I would avoid cheap or junky knives. If you want to bring a knife to class that is affordable and excellent for the task I would suggest a Mora Kansbol

** Ferro Rod- There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a ferro rod but if you are a beginner a simple rule is bigger is better. The ferro rod is an expendable item, and I would suggest either purchasing an affordable one, or one with a replaceable ferro rod.

The Exotac Firerod XL is an excellent choice, however the standard, smaller, more affordable Exotac Firerod will also work.

*** Folding Saw- a folding saw is an EXCELLENT bushcraft and survival companion and when paired with even a small knife it makes big tasks more approachable. It isn't NECESSARY for making fire, but if you do get one and bring one I suggest getting a Silky saw, either the gomboy or the pocketboy- most other brands aren't worth the investment.

Additional Training:
Students who decide to camp on sight will have the opportunity to ask about temporary shelters, pulling guard, camping, and whatever crosses their mind around the camp fire.

Get to know the instructor:

Jacob grew up outdoors in Western Washington hunting, camping, shooting, and riding dirt bikes. He saw the military as an extension of those passions and joined the Army in 2009 as an Airborne Infantryman. When choosing his duty station he found out that the 173rd airborne was deploying immediately so that is what he chose and about 5 months after he graduated high school he was in Afghanistan working as an Infantryman doing recon as well as working with military intelligence, ODA, and Psyops. After getting injured and being unable to reclass Jacob got out in 2013 to marry his wife in Kentucky. Jacob then went to college and received a Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a focus on homeland security and domestic terrorism. What he learned in college gave clarity to some of the things he did with/ for psyops in Afghanistan which led him to purchase a house with land and start a business instead of working towards a federal job as he originally intended. Simultaneously, he seeked to further his professional training both in the tactical and survival communities training at Tactical Response, DTI, Randall's Adventure Training, etc. Today, Jacob owns and operates Beachin Tactical making and selling a rifle sling he designed in Afghanistan, Exodus Knife & Tool designing and marketing practical, real world use knives, running his YouTube channel ThePreppersBunkerOutdoors. Jacob has a passion for teaching and training other people in mindset and skills for events that he foresees happening right here on American soil, while continuing his own training to best train and raise his two children.