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New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters

New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters

In a ceremony today at the Engine 33/Ladder 15 Firehouse in Boston’s Back Bay, the Last Call Foundation announced that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will receive its initial grant. The grant will fund an effort contributing to the development of a fireproof attack hose and is a direct display of the foundation’s commitment to supporting
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6 WORDS THAT HOLD THE FIRE SERVICE HOSTAGE BY CHIEF KEVIN SCHULZ

6 WORDS THAT HOLD THE FIRE SERVICE HOSTAGE BY CHIEF KEVIN SCHULZ

Six words that hold the fire service hostage Article by: Kevin Schulz It doesn’t matter what kind of fire department you belong to, career, part-time, combination, volunteer or industrial we’re all here to do the same job and more importantly we’re all professional firefighters. That being said there seems to be a common thread that follows
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Fire Research: Does Your Toolbox Have All the Proper Tools

Fire Research: Does Your Toolbox Have All the Proper Tools

Original Post at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/11610169/lessons-from-nist-ul-fire-studies-for-your-firefighting-toolbox In a recent magazine editorial my friend Tim Sendelbach made one of the most reasonable statements that I have seen in a long time.  He was writing about the results of the research projects which have been conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Training (NIST). In particular he was writing
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Fire Behavior, Flashover Lewisville (TX) Fire Department hosts a fire behavior class for investigators

Fire Behavior, Flashover Lewisville (TX) Fire Department hosts a fire behavior class for investigators

Lewsiville Fire Department – In May of 2014, LFD along with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office hosted a “Learn to Burn” class for arson investigators. This video demonstrates fire growth and development from the incipient stage through flashover during one of the classes using one of our burn pods built by the department. Included
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Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?xg_source=activity&id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A603197 It’s an age old question that is still debated by firefighters to this day, and often quite vigorously. When responding to an occupied residential structure fire, do you immediately go for the rescue to remove the victims or do you attack the fire? Many firefighters would say that you should
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Defining the Difference Between Backdraft and Smoke Explosions

Defining the Difference Between Backdraft and Smoke Explosions

While backdraft events continue to pose a serious danger to firefighters, the events are still poorly understood. During a backdraft, oxygen is introduced through a sudden opening in the compartment and the accumulated products of incomplete combustion ignite in a rapidly developing fire. A similar phenomenon to a backdraft is a smoke explosion, during which
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Wind, fire & high-rises: firefighters & engineers conduct research to combat a lethal threat

Wind, fire & high-rises: firefighters & engineers conduct research to combat a lethal threat

When a fire breaks out, members of the fire service do whatever it takes to put out the blaze and usher the victims to safety. While they are highly trained professionals with state-of-the-art gear, one still wonders, “Who has their backs?” The answer: Engineers from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Since 2007, they
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CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT INCOPORATES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INFO SOGS

CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT INCOPORATES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INFO SOGS

Take a look at how Cleveland Division of Fire incorporated firefighter research into their structure fire SOP. http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Member%20access/member%20sections/Metro%20Chiefs/2014%20Urban%20Fire%20Forum/CFDSOPFireStructure.pdf

LACoFD – INCORPORATING MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INTO SEARCH

LACoFD – INCORPORATING MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INTO SEARCH

How LAcoFD incorporated research into their search and rescue training. This is the classroom material before the hands on component. Special thanks to Chief Osby and Chief of Training Alkonis and his team for sharing with the fire service so we can all get better. http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Member%20access/member%20sections/Metro%20Chiefs/2014%20Urban%20Fire%20Forum/LACoFDSearchRescue.pdf

URBAN FIRE FORUM – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR POSITION PAPER

URBAN FIRE FORUM – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR POSITION PAPER

Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) in Quincy, Mass. September 4-7, 2014. Fire service leaders from the largest departments in the US, along with representatives of USFA, IAFC, IAFF and other prominent groups produced and endorsed a fire
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OTTAWA, CANADA TO HOST MULTI-NATIONAL GROUP TO RE-WRITE TACTICS

OTTAWA, CANADA TO HOST MULTI-NATIONAL GROUP TO RE-WRITE TACTICS

Ottawa Fire is set to lead a three-year multi-national ‘fire dynamics’ project that will help set the standards for how fire fighters fight blazes. The project will basically re-write the “how-to” hand book for fighting fires. “That is the intent, over this three-year journey of developing this curriculum is it gets implemented fairly quickly and
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Burning for Knowledge ATF Leads Research Burn

Burning for Knowledge ATF Leads Research Burn

On August 13, researchers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), along with personnel from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Marion County Arson Taskforce, and several local fire departments participated in a series of large-scale research burns west of Indianapolis. Four incomplete, uninhabited apartment units on South Bridgeport Road were
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Whiteboard Session – CFBT-International CFBT Instructors Course Level 1

Whiteboard Session – CFBT-International CFBT Instructors Course Level 1

The video is a lecture from the International Compartment Fire Behaviour Training Instructors Course Level 1 held in Sapjane, Croatia. Instructors were Shan Raffel and John McDonough from Australia Recorded 2011 10 31 Find more videos at www.firegear.co.uk

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION HAZARDS AT FIRE SCENES

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION HAZARDS AT FIRE SCENES

By Alan Perry August 30, 2014 Smoke is a complex and dangerous by-product of combustion presenting many dangers to firefighters and building occupants during and after a fire event. The most obvious concern is during the fire where super-heated gases loaded with toxins and asphyxiants can enter the airway & lungs causing immediate acute respiratory
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SMOKE EXPLOSION VIDEO FROM WESTFIELD, NJ

SMOKE EXPLOSION VIDEO FROM WESTFIELD, NJ

Check out this video of a smoke explosion at a strip mall fire in Westfield, NJ.  Luckily no firefighters were injured.

Understanding “Nothing Showing”

Understanding “Nothing Showing”

By Thomas N. Warren There has been somewhat of a “tempest in a teapot” surrounding the use of the term “nothing showing” as a report by a first-arriving fire company. Some very notable individuals and organizations have voiced opinions relating to the effectiveness and consequences of using this term. Groups such as the International Association
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Understanding and Avoiding a Flashover

Understanding and Avoiding a Flashover

By Michael Salzano The International Fire Service Training Association’s (IFSTA’s) Firefighter Essentials textbook defines a flashover as “the temperature in a compartment that results in the simultaneous ignition of all the combustible contents in the space.” However, I don’t care what the book says! Don’t get me wrong, “the book” helped teach us the initial
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TRANSITIONAL ATTACK IN COLUMBUS, OH!  THEY GET IT!

TRANSITIONAL ATTACK IN COLUMBUS, OH! THEY GET IT!

Nice work Friday night by 10′s and 2′s on a well involved apartment fire. Heavy fire venting out the large Side A window auto exposing the 3rd floor on arrival. The decision was made to make a quick exterior hit from the yard prior to entering the common hall way. The fire apartment door was
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A GREAT POST BY TREY SMITH – FLOW PATH MANAGEMENT!

A GREAT POST BY TREY SMITH – FLOW PATH MANAGEMENT!

As firefighters, we have been taught in our training not to apply water on smoke during interior structure fires. Or wait until you see flame until you open up to engage your enemy. Why do we wait until the heat is so intolerable through several layers of turnouts and protective hoods to finally open the
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Really?!?! By Jason Hoevelmann

Really?!?! By Jason Hoevelmann

Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A601057&cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyAugust252014 I’m going t be real careful about how I word this post as not to offend anyone. But I have to admit, I have been shaking my head about some posts for a while now and regarding some comments to posts. I know that the new ‘stuff’ coming from Ul, NIST,
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ATTACK FROM THE BURNED SIDE – ONLINE COURSE

ATTACK FROM THE BURNED SIDE – ONLINE COURSE

Check out this short version of Lt. Sean Gray’s Course of Cobb Co. GA – Attack from the Burned Side availible at www.FireTrainingToolBox.com An innovative approach to fighting today’s fires. For years, the fire service has been preaching to attack from the unburned side; however, this may not always the best tactic. The New Age
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CHERRY RD. LODD IN THE WORDS OF LT. JOE MORGAN

CHERRY RD. LODD IN THE WORDS OF LT. JOE MORGAN

DCFD Retired Lt. Joe Morgan discusses the fire that badly injured him and took the lives of 2 of his colleagues. This incident on Cherry Road was a catalyst to better understand fire dynamics, a mission that continues today. Thank you to NYU Poly for putting this video together.

Applying Science without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Applying Science without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Applying Science without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics 28 August 2014 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time 02:00 PM Central Daylight Time 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time 19:00 Greenwich Mean Time Free to attend. Approximately 90 minutes. Presented by: Frank Ricci, Lieutenant, New Haven (CT) Fire Department A tactics class, not a data class! This program reconciles the
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57th AVE BASEMENT FIRE – PG COUNTY LESSONS LEARNED VIDEO

57th AVE BASEMENT FIRE – PG COUNTY LESSONS LEARNED VIDEO

PGFD Chief Marc Bashoor discusses the fire on 57th Avenue that severely injured their members. Talking about flowpaths…”Before 57th avenue it was science, after 57th avenue it was reality.” READ THE FULL REPORT HERE: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/PublicSafety/Fire-EMS/PDFs/SIT-57thAveReport.pdf

SLICE-RS USED TO RUN YOUR LIFE AS WELL AS FIRES?  CHECK THIS OUT!

SLICE-RS USED TO RUN YOUR LIFE AS WELL AS FIRES? CHECK THIS OUT!

Firefighters are always a call away, ready to tackle potentially dangerous situations. But while their job probably carries a ton of stress and responsibility, their methods and tricks can still apply to your job and everyday life. Like any emergency personnel, firefighters work long hours and rely on a lot of teamwork. Since lives are
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Smart Fire Fighting Workshop Report

Smart Fire Fighting Workshop Report

Title: Smart Firefighting Workshop Summary Report (PDF, 4 MB) Authors: Anthony Hamins, Nelson Bryner, Albert Jones, Galen Koepke, Casey Grant and Arnand Raghunathan This report summarizes the results of the Smart Firefighting Workshop held on March 24 and 25, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia and sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with support
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REMEMBERING LT. ARNIE WOLFF

REMEMBERING LT. ARNIE WOLFF

From www.GreenMaltese.com In this post we will honor the loss of Lt. Arnie Wolff and the sacrifice of Firefighter Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir. By examining this incident in detail, we will discover lessons that will we can share with others. Incident Summary: At 12:24 PM on August 13, 2006 the Green Bay Fire Department (GBFD) was dispatched to a building
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ATF TRAINS INDY AREA CREWS IN MFB

ATF TRAINS INDY AREA CREWS IN MFB

Arson investigators and firefighters turned an apartment building into a training lab Wednesday. The Wayne Township Fire Department and the ATF hosted a training and research event to keep area personnel up-to-date on the latest techniques and information when it comes to fighting fires. “Ventilation is a tactic that we are looking at. And it’s
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Dan Madrzykowski and Steve Kerber Receive IAFC President’s Award

Dan Madrzykowski and Steve Kerber Receive IAFC President’s Award

Today at the IAFC FRI Dan Madrzykowski and Steve Kerber received the IAFC Presidents Award from President Metcalfe for their modern fire research and their dedication to making the fire service safer.  Here is a photo of the award.

ISFSI RELEASES PRICIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK VIDEO

ISFSI RELEASES PRICIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK VIDEO

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors, in partnership with friends at Blue Card Command, Honeywell First Responder Products, Scott Health and Safety, the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, and the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section is proud to announce the Principles of Modern Fire Attack SLICE-RS Training Video. This much anticipated training
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