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After Action Review

One way of attaining information is with an After Action Review (AAR). An AAR is a structured review or debriefing method for analyzing what happened, why it happened, and how things can be done better. The formal AAR was originally developed by the U.S. Army. The concept works and has been adapted by many non-military organizations, both domestic and international. The fire service has also come to know the AAR by another term – the Post Incident Analysis (PIA).

After Action Review

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso


Frank Viscuso is a career deputy chief from Hudson County, NJ, one of the most densely populated counties in the country. He is a contributor to Fire Engineering magazine and the author of five books including the best-selling tactical textbook Fireground Operational Guides (with Mike Terpak), and his popular leadership development book titled Step Up and Lead. Frank is also a certified fire instructor and highly sought after speaker. Over the past decade he has spoken to audiences in and outside the fire service on many topics that include leadership, team building, officer development, and customer service. His Leadership Development program is designed to introduce people to the top traits associated with fire service leaders and to equip them with the skills needed to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams. These traits and skills are featured in his book, Step Up and Lead.

Frank resides in New Jersey and can be reached by cell: (973) 981-1505, email:, or through the website

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