Joe Nedder founded Cross St. Associates in 2003 in response to numerous requests for him to help out local fire departments with private training. Nedder, a certified Fire Instructor, has over 33 years experience in the fire service and was an instructor with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy for 16 years. In 2008 he was an Instructor at the Firehouse-Chicago Fire Department Expo and has written for Fire Engineering about training volunteer firefighters.
Joe Nedder spoke at the 2010,2011 & 2012 FDIC,- "Constructing Multipurpose Survival and RIT Training Props"

Joe Nedder [ photo by: Alan Brackett] When you ask students or Chiefs about Joe’s classes you will hear comments that speak of skill, knowledge and capabilities. But, mostly people talk of the way he brings passion to the students. It is this passion and delivery that sets Cross St. Associates apart from other training companies. You can’t order firefighters to take a class and learn; you have to show and tell them why they need to participate and learn.

Joe Nedder has assembled a team of instructors who are the core of the company. Their experience ranges from a retired Chief from a large city department, to a firefighter from a small suburban department. What they all have in common is skill, knowledge, expertise and most of all a passion for training firefighters to be the best they can!

Since its inception, the company has trained numerous fire departments throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Large or small, career, on-call or volunteer, we can help you to meet your training needs.


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