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PRESS RELEASE: ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack Training Video Series

PRESS RELEASE: ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack Training Video Series

Thanks to funding from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) is honored to release the second phase of training videos for the Principles of Modern Fire Attack. The ISFSI has built a series of training videos to assist departments in educating their professionals in
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MFA #9: From a Different Perspective – The new methods make more sense to non-firefighters by Mark Cotter

MFA #9: From a Different Perspective – The new methods make more sense to non-firefighters by Mark Cotter

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A620677 Sometimes we need to seek out opinions from others in order to ensure the validity of our own, and that is not a natural or even comfortable process.  In fact, it seems someone is always trying to tell us how to live our lives or do our jobs, providing advice we
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Fire Research Shared by NIST

Fire Research Shared by NIST

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/news/12109118/fire-research-shared-by-nist As firefighters’ workplaces change, it’s important they adapt. But, are they? NIST Fire Protection Engineer Dan Madrzykowski posed that question to more than 250 firefighters during a tour of the Maryland facility last week. Madrzykowski strongly urged the crowd to not only embrace but utilize the research when they establish fire
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FLOW PATH CURTAINS FABRIC UPGRADED!

FLOW PATH CURTAINS FABRIC UPGRADED!

Did you hear? The fabric on the PathMaster Smoke Curtains is now rated up to 1100°F, up from 500°F! If you’ve been looking into trying out this new and versatile tool which has been the talk of ventilation within the fire service, there’s no better time!

UL-FSRI NEEDS YOUR HELP WITH A SURVEY

UL-FSRI NEEDS YOUR HELP WITH A SURVEY

UL-FSRI has worked hard over the past 10 years to provide the fire service with firefighter safety research to help us learn more about the fire environment and our tactics. UL’s Firefighter Safety research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities we
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Turning science into tactics: A conversation with Eddie Buchanan

Turning science into tactics: A conversation with Eddie Buchanan

Chief Eddie Buchanan, Division Chief, Hanover (Virginia) Fire & EMS Recently, Tom Weber, national director of Community Hazard Mitigation for Verisk Insurance Solutions – Commercial Property, interviewed Chief Eddie Buchanan, division chief, Hanover (Virginia) Fire & EMS. They talked about recent modifications in fire attack. Community Fire Protection News was pleased to be there as the two
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SLICE-RS IN THE NEWS IN NEW MEXICO

SLICE-RS IN THE NEWS IN NEW MEXICO

WATCH NEWS VIDEO HERE: http://krqe.com/2015/08/24/new-firefighting-technique-helps-save-womans-home/ Some firefighters in New Mexico are taking a new approach to fighting structure fires. The method comes after years of scientific research. That research revealed there could be a faster, safer way to battle structure fires, specifically residential ones. Sandoval County Fire officials tell News 13 this technique was developed in
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Fire Chief Digital: Future of fire research, pioneers of fire behavior, and more

Fire Chief Digital: Future of fire research, pioneers of fire behavior, and more

Welcome to the third edition of the Fire Chief Digital Edition, a quarterly supplement to FireChief.com and theFire Chief eNews that brings a sharpened focus to some of the most challenging topics facing fire chiefs and fire service leaders everywhere. In the Fall 2015 edition of Fire Chief Digital, brought to you by California Casualty, Bruce Hensler looks at how scientific research took us from reacting to
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ARE YOU TRAINING YOUR COPS IN MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR?

ARE YOU TRAINING YOUR COPS IN MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR?

While there are multiple issues that can be found with this video, the big one that comes to light, that you need to ask yourself, ARE YOU TRAINING YOUR POLICE OFFICERS IN MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR? From the NIST/UL Studies we have found out that opening the front door is ventilation and you have approximately 80 seconds
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Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure

Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute will lead a 3-year Technology Research and Development Project examining the fire service’s training environment. The increased understanding of fire behavior that has emerged from previous AFG funded research has raised many questions that revolve around teaching these principles during hands-on training. Most training buildings or props, when used
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FIRE RESEARCH SHOWS FIREFIGHTING PARADIGM FLAWS – FROM FIRECHIEF.COM

FIRE RESEARCH SHOWS FIREFIGHTING PARADIGM FLAWS – FROM FIRECHIEF.COM

Original Post at: http://www.firechief.com/2015/08/11/fire-research-shows-firefighting-paradigm-flaws/?utm_source=3023639&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Exclusives1RightTitle&utm_campaign=FR1FireChief&nlid=3023639 Robert Avsec A new firefighter’s introduction to fire behavior has traditionally been an apprenticeship. The firefighter cadet learns the very basics during a three-hour class in Firefighter I — the expectation is that they will learn everything else about fire behavior alongside a senior firefighter in the field as they battle fires
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Understanding Fire Behavior: Why Are There No Flames in the Smoke, Even Though There is More Oxygen?

Understanding Fire Behavior: Why Are There No Flames in the Smoke, Even Though There is More Oxygen?

ypical modern structural fires encountered by firefighters are generally ventilation limited. As oxygen in the structure is depleted, the flames and temperatures decrease. After the initial drop in oxygen, oxygen levels begin to increase, but there is no corresponding increase in temperature or flames. Why is this? Firefighters need to truly understand fire phenomena in
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Fire Fighting Research and Practice: From the Lab to the Street

Fire Fighting Research and Practice: From the Lab to the Street

On August 25, firefighters, company officers, and fire chiefs will have the opportunity to learn about Fire Fighting Research at NIST, including topics on fire dynamics based tactics, thermal testing of electronic safety equipment and personal protective equipment. Participants will also hear from International Association Fire Fighters (IAFF) Instructors who have applied fire research within
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Firefighters Need Tactical Training on TICs

Firefighters Need Tactical Training on TICs

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/news/12094088/tactical-training-helps-firefighter-use-thermal-imaging-cameras If your fire department spends good money for good equipment and you don’t know how to use it properly, shame on you. That’s the message Charlotte, N.C., Fire Department Capt. Andy Starnes conveyed to Firehouse Expo attendees this year. Starnes taught a class called “Tactical TIC Use,” in Baltimore. The class
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Understanding Modern Fire Behavior Can Save Lives

Understanding Modern Fire Behavior Can Save Lives

Original post found at: www.firehouse.com/video/12093150/firehouse-expo-2015-chief-to-chief-hands-on-program?utm_source=FH+Newsday&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS150711003 Fire is like gravity, it follows laws of physics which means there is no such thing as extreme fire behavior. It’s more likely fire behavior the observer never previously experienced. Robin Zevotek, P.E., a Research Engineer III at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), gave a presentation at Firehouse Expo Thursday entitled “Modern
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FIREFIGHTER MADE – MODERN BUILDING SAFETY SOLUTION!

FIREFIGHTER MADE – MODERN BUILDING SAFETY SOLUTION!

Original post found at: http://www.southwesternontario.ca/news/a-stratford-made-safety-solution/ A Stratford firefighter has taken the reigns on what is believed to be the first bylaw of its kind in Canada in the hopes of eliminating a hidden danger that men and women in uniform might encounter when in the line of duty. Mike Lukachko says buildings and places of residence
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FHExpo15: Basement Fire Tactics Explained

FHExpo15: Basement Fire Tactics Explained

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/news/12092639/firehouse-expo-attendees-get-lessons-in-basement-fires Firefighters learned about one of the deadliest fireground environments during hands-on training at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore Tuesday and Wednesday. “Right now basement fires are a big concern in the fire service,” lead instructor John Lewis said as students entered a burn building as smoke poured from windows and doors. Lewis,
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LOVELAND, CO FD – MODERN FIRE TACTICS AT WORK!

LOVELAND, CO FD – MODERN FIRE TACTICS AT WORK!

oveland Fire Rescue Authority members employed a new Swedish nozzle in a test fire Monday afternoon at the Loveland Fire & Rescue Training Facility. Loveland Fire Rescue Authority officials have been testing firefighting theories using real furniture and carpet — not wooden pallets and straw, normally used in training — since Saturday. “We are trying
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BACKDRAFT CLOSE CALL IN ARKANSAS

BACKDRAFT CLOSE CALL IN ARKANSAS

A Texarkana mother and baby are safe after their house caught fire and exploded just after 10 p.m. Wednesday. When the Texarkana Fire Department arrived at home in the 2000 block of Pearl Street, they found smoke coming from the attic space of the residence. Firefighters say Tasha Pool and her 18-month-old child were asleep inside the house when
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DIGGING DEEPER: New research explores deadly risks for firefighters

DIGGING DEEPER: New research explores deadly risks for firefighters

The risks firefighters take go beyond what they do on the clock. The job means they’re more likely to have a heart attack and get cancer. What they don’t know is why. New research is trying to answer that question and one widow of a fallen Rockford firefighter is eagerly awaiting the answer. These are
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FLOW PATH

FLOW PATH

Original post found at: https://www.facebook.com/thedepartedonesfools/posts/1619915538256325?ref=notif&notif_t=notify_me_page Bi-Directional Flow Path; Are Openings at the same height, there can be one or more bi-directional flow paths in a structure depending on doors and windows open across it. Bi-Directional Flow paths have an over pressure area where the smoke escapes from the upper parts of the door. A clear line
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The ‘Thinking Firefighter’ is More Than Bravery and Strength by Tim Sendelbach

The ‘Thinking Firefighter’ is More Than Bravery and Strength by Tim Sendelbach

Original Post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12089800/a-thinking-firefighter-understands-fire-behavior-tactics-science Editor’s note: Discuss survivability, thermal assault and the NFFF’s New Goals initiative to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths to under 50 annually in the following Firehouse.com Forums: What does the term “thinking firefighter” mean to you? What’s one thing your crew is doing differently as a result of new fire behavior research or data,
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NEW ATTIC FIRE TACTICS SUCCESS STORY!

NEW ATTIC FIRE TACTICS SUCCESS STORY!

On 6-2-15 Penn Fire (Mishawaka, IN) B-Shift responded to a reported house fire. Upon arrival the Acting Lt. reported heavy smoke showing.  On his 360 he found heavy fire in the rear from a grill up against the house on the deck extending up the wall into the attic. The Acting Lt. had the line
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Teaching the Theory…. It ain’t easy!

Teaching the Theory…. It ain’t easy!

Original Post found at: http://www.killtheflashover.com/fire-behavior.html?m One of the most challenging aspects of learning fire behavior tactical applications is the tremendous amount of variables (unknowns) to consider.  The above example for discussion doesn’t do this justice, yet the example above is many times more explicit that the normal descriptions we use to start our tactical discussions. I
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Fighting More Than Fire: Firefighters Battling Cancer and Heart Attacks

Fighting More Than Fire: Firefighters Battling Cancer and Heart Attacks

Original post found at: http://ul.com/newsroom/featured/fighting-more-than-fire-firefighters-battling-cancer-and-heart-attacks/ Firefighters face a much higher risk of heart attacks when battling a blaze — up to 100 times the normal rate — and are more likely to be struck while performing less-strenuous tasks, like cleaning up debris from a fire. But heart attacks are not the only health threat plaguing firefighters — fire
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WHY ARE THERE NO FLAMES ABOVE THE NET?

WHY ARE THERE NO FLAMES ABOVE THE NET?

From our www.SwedishFireNerd.com friend Lars!

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/strategy-and-tactics/using-smoke-curtains-multi-story-buildings The most important task for firefighters is to save lives. In the case of fires in multi-story residential buildings, this objective can be best achieved by using the stairways as the preferred route of attack. This method of entering a multi-story dwelling ensures that the most important escape route for the
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Using Air Track Management to Control Compartment Fires

Using Air Track Management to Control Compartment Fires

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/using-air-track-management-control-compartment-fires Published Monday, February 28, 2011 | From the March 2011 Issue ofFireRescueDuring World War II, in the summer of 1944, Lloyd Layman, a visionary U.S. firefighter at the U.S. Coast Guard Fire Fighting School, first developed the concept behind the indirect firefighting technique. During a series of experimental fires involving 7,000 gallons of
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