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ADDING A PUNCH TO FIRE ATTACK – ENHANCED WATER STREAMS

ADDING A PUNCH TO FIRE ATTACK – ENHANCED WATER STREAMS

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12062594/adding-a-punch-to-fire-attack-enhanced-water-systems Imagine water on steroids. That’s what Enhanced Water Streams (EWS) are like. Achieved by placing an additive into the water that we use to extinguish fire, EWS is basically water with a concentrate added into it. It can also have an enhanced delivery system, such as: Class A Foams Concentrates Compressed
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Researchers Create National Hose Burn-Through Database

Researchers Create National Hose Burn-Through Database

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/researchers-create-national-hose-burn-through-database As part of a larger research effort focused on the design and development of a next-generation fire attack hose, a team of faculty members and students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has launched a fire department survey and associated online database to gather and document information on actual hose burn-through incidents
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Refocusing the Truck Company’s Priorities and Operations

Refocusing the Truck Company’s Priorities and Operations

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12062281/firefighter-training-refocusing-ladder-operations-based-on-fire-behavior-research If we look at the increasing discourse in the U.S. fire service regarding fire science and dynamics, more and more departments should consider changing their tactics based on the practical application of concepts, such as flow path management (controlling the air) and the use of “transitional” attacks. This may mean holding
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IMPORTANCE OF THE NEUTRAL PLANE

IMPORTANCE OF THE NEUTRAL PLANE

As a structure fire becomes ventilation limited it can often hide the fires location from the exterior. Understanding the concept of a neutral plane can aid in determining the floor the fire is located on. The neutral plane marks the level in a structure fire where below it air will be drawn into the structure
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WILL THE FIRE SERVICE COURT-MARTIAL OUR “BILLY MITCHELLS”?

WILL THE FIRE SERVICE COURT-MARTIAL OUR “BILLY MITCHELLS”?

Original post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2015/04/will-the-fire-service-court-martial-our-billy-mitchells.html?sponsored=techzone So, who is Billy Mitchell? As some of you may know, Mitchell was a military leader who served in WW I, eventually leading the air branch of the United States Army in Europe. You may have even heard of the WW II B-25 “Mitchell” Bomber. As the only bomber aircraft to
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AND YET IT MOVES BY MICK MAYERS

AND YET IT MOVES BY MICK MAYERS

Original post found at: One group hails it as proof of the science.  The other, the “pussification” of the fire service.  There are those who say, “This isn’t new stuff, we were taught this years ago.”  Others say, “This is cutting edge knowledge.”  It seems that there are as many who want to assail the
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Fire Dynamics of Multi-Room Compartment Fires

Fire Dynamics of Multi-Room Compartment Fires

The effects of a compartment fire on a real fire ground is seldom isolated to a single room. In Sweden, for example, over one-third of fire fatalities in apartments are in a room other than the origin room, but in the same apartment (Johansson, 2015). Still, much of the scientific testing and modeling of compartment
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UL Fire Researchers Test Use of Fans to Control Blazes

UL Fire Researchers Test Use of Fans to Control Blazes

Inside a building on UL’s Northbrook campus, two full-scale house structures were built and furnished. Each home was equipped with cameras, wires and sensors, all placed in order to collect as much data as possible as UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) researchers set and extinguished multiple fires all in the name of science. Researchers built these
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KILL THE FLASHOVER 2015 REGISTRATION

KILL THE FLASHOVER 2015 REGISTRATION

Register today!  No registration fee for KTF for the burn viewings. NC will charge an additional $70 for out of state students.   We need to know if you are planning to attend.  Thanks and we will see you there! Note: only staffers will need PPE, SCBA is provided by Scott, if you are applying
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TACTICAL TUESDAY FROM UL FSRI

TACTICAL TUESDAY FROM UL FSRI

Tactical Tuesday this week looks at attic fires. Did you know, over 60% of the fuel surface area in a residential attic is the underside of the sheathing material. Limiting the involvement of the sheathing was found to be the best way to knock down an attic fire while preventing further spread. The construction of
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FDIC International 2015 – The Bridge Between Research and Tactics by PJ Norwood

FDIC International 2015 – The Bridge Between Research and Tactics by PJ Norwood

Original post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A614743 The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior. The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we
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MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY BY PAUL COMBS

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY BY PAUL COMBS

Paul nails it again There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement – especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough – open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train. Just because you think you know, doesn’t
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HOBART, IN PRINCIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK DOWNLOADS

HOBART, IN PRINCIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK DOWNLOADS

As promised from the PMFA class on 3-21-15 at Hobart St. Mary’s Hospital.  Please contact Forest Reeder – forestreeder@gmail.com or Brian Kazmierzak – brian@kazfire.org with any questions. Educate Your Police Presentation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0bxclvzdvym4wet/AADI6iq6kLs2rTXnrhzriYRMa?dl=0 YouTube Channel Training Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVJgN15cYpT6J0c7BY2opU7GC71ThgEb0 Lloyd Layman Material: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jjzobzjxi8r20a8/AABOgOktUMao_f_RlhdDmRBEa?dl=0 ISFSI SLICE-RS SOG: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s4xm99a0iicervf/ISFSI%20-%20Sample%20SLICE%20SOG.pdf?dl=0 Jones and Bartlett Book: https://www.dropbox.com/s/592p0rt7dzhhwj6/Evidence-Based%20Practices%20for%20Strategic%20and%20Tactical%20Firefighting_PASS01.pdf?dl=0 UL Training Digest: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mt2excdfz8t0efz/ULFSRI%20Training%20Digest.pdf?dl=0 Modern Fire Behavior and Terminology Poster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxpklo5hm14py1b/Safe%20Attack%20Poster.pdf?dl=0 A
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TUSCON FD RE-WRITES SOGS AFTER ATTENDING SPARTANBURG BURNS

TUSCON FD RE-WRITES SOGS AFTER ATTENDING SPARTANBURG BURNS

Tucson firefighters have been training to use new firefighting techniques that only a handful of departments across the country have had the chance to learn. More than 600 firefighters in the department completed training in the new techniques over the past two months. “Firefighters can do things wrong, and there’s a science behind it,” said
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UL FSRI ATTIC FIRE COURSE – FREE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING

UL FSRI ATTIC FIRE COURSE – FREE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has released an excellent new firefighter training program entitled “Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards” – an online course that serves as a culmination of the small scale, full-scale, and field experiments performed by UL as part of a research study funded by DHS.  The purpose of this study is
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SEARCH IT HARD FROM THE YARD BY BRIAN BRUSH

SEARCH IT HARD FROM THE YARD BY BRIAN BRUSH

Original post at: http://firebytrade.com/?p=634 Today I am going to attach a cart to the band wagon. I believe the current politically correct term is exterior stream application; street critics are referring to it as “hitting it hard from the yard”. Where you stand on the concept is not important because my request is not for you
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UNDERSTANDING FIRE BEHAVIOR BY IAN BOLTON

UNDERSTANDING FIRE BEHAVIOR BY IAN BOLTON

Original post found at: http://www.firefightingincanada.com/structural/understanding-fire-behaviour-17988 The true impact of oxygen on fire growth and spread has long been understood by fire engineers. For decades, these engineers have known that when a fire develops in a room or structure, the fire will burn within one of two burning regimes; these two burning regimes are often referred to
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Principles of Modern Fire Attack: SLICE-RS 8-hour Course Listings – NEW COURSES ADDED DAILY!

Principles of Modern Fire Attack: SLICE-RS 8-hour Course Listings – NEW COURSES ADDED DAILY!

This class will provide a firsthand look at the UL/NIST Modern Fire Behavior/Dynamics studies and serve to educate students how they can be delivered and instituted in their fire departments. It is our hope that by compiling the best lessons learned from the fire dynamics research, fire departments will be able to adjust their policies,
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APPLYING FIRE RESEARCH TO STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING WHITEPAPER

APPLYING FIRE RESEARCH TO STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING WHITEPAPER

This training guide contains some of the most important firefighting research and analysis done in the past 50 years. Steve Kerber provides an insightful overview of the most significant research undertaken by Underwriters Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and several other agencies. Also included is application of this research to the complex
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Flow Paths – Just Science? It Better Be Your Reality by Marc Bashoor

Flow Paths – Just Science? It Better Be Your Reality by Marc Bashoor

Original Post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12042804/fire-service-leadership-and-command I’m a relative newbie when it comes to telling fire department stories…but, when I joined the fire department, we wore three-quarter boots and un-insulated leather helmets and we rode back steps, side steps and any place else where we could stand. Those who told me stories would say, “Boots? We didn’t
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WINDWARD/LEEWARD VS INLET/OUTLET – FROM FLOWPATHMANAGEMENT.com

WINDWARD/LEEWARD VS INLET/OUTLET – FROM FLOWPATHMANAGEMENT.com

Today’s research involving flow paths and wind-driven structure fires brings into question if we should explore referring to wind direction on a fireground using the “Inlet & Outlet” terminology rather than “windward & leeward”. Because contrary to popular belief a wind driven fire can exist on the Leeward side of the building similar to an
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NO ONE IS REINVENTING THE FIRE SERVICE BY BRIAN KAZMIERZAK

NO ONE IS REINVENTING THE FIRE SERVICE BY BRIAN KAZMIERZAK

Original Post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2015/03/no-one-is-reinventing-the-fire-service.html Recently, I have been seeing chatter on social media about how the modern fire behavior folks are trying to reinvent the fire service, how civilians are going to die because of us, and basically how we are ruining the culture of the fire service and everything it stands for, etc. This banter reminds
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TAC-STAC by www.FlowPathManagement.com

TAC-STAC by www.FlowPathManagement.com

In today’s modern-fueled environments, we are quickly discovering the interior fuels and structural components involved can quickly deteriorate a fire corridor (the area we initiate our assault) rendering our work environment untenable due to thermal insult or structural instability. After completing a 360 of the structure. Prior to entering your “fire corridor” for the interior
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METAL CUES OF THE 360 – www.FlowPathManagement.com

METAL CUES OF THE 360 – www.FlowPathManagement.com

Our focus for the next couple of days will be on recognizing mental cues on your 360 degree size-up that can significantly become a game changer when the flow path is altered on the fire department arrival through opening doors or windows. Today, we focus upon Vertical Flows Paths and Elevated Outlets. The research conducted
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FIRE ATTACK UL FSRI TECHNICAL PANEL SELECTED

FIRE ATTACK UL FSRI TECHNICAL PANEL SELECTED

We would like to thank the 300 firefighters that submitted an application to serve on the technical panel for the Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival.  Everyone that applied was highly qualified and very passionate which made the selection process very difficult.  Members were
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Ultrahazardous?

Ultrahazardous?

Original post at: http://www.tailboardfire.com/home1/2015/2/24/ultrahazardous While we agree with about 99% of this article – the one point not discussed is the need for continued fire behavior training due to changes in our modern firefighting environment.  We still need to be safe in what we do and take into consideration we do work in a hazardous environment.
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THE TRUTH OF SLICE-RS – NO AGENDAS OR FALSEHOODS HERE

THE TRUTH OF SLICE-RS – NO AGENDAS OR FALSEHOODS HERE

Recently another blog took a shot at the ISFSI/Chief Eddie Buchanan concept of SLICE-RS.  Below is an except from a B-Shifter Magazine article by Chief Buchanan that should set the facts of SLICE-RS straight. Maybe if the fire service spent as much time actually STUDYING and UNDERSTANDING the research – instead of posting misinformation on
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OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR BASEMENT FIRES

OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR BASEMENT FIRES

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://www.firegroundleadership.com/2015/02/12/operational-considerations-for-residential-basement-fires/ Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most challenging tactical operations that present numerous risk factors requiring the highest degree of situational awareness, training skill sets and continuous incident monitoring and assessment to gauge building structural integrity, fire behavior and fire dynamics and corresponding crew integrity
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The Exponential Engine by Brian Bush

The Exponential Engine by Brian Bush

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A613197 I would say there are two questions I field more than any others when it comes to fire streams and apparatus set up. The first is, “How is your engine set up?” and the second, “How would you set up an engine”. I believe most of the time people who ask
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FSRI is Expanding

FSRI is Expanding

We are proud to announce that FSRI will be expanding in the coming months to a second location in the Metropolitan Baltimore area.  This new location will enable us to: Expand ULI’s investment in firefighter safety by growing our footprint and our team Foster closer collaboration with leading fire service organizations in the area including the US Fire Administration, National Fallen Firefighters
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