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A CLOSER LOOK AT A BIDIRECTIONAL FLOW PATH

A CLOSER LOOK AT A BIDIRECTIONAL FLOW PATH

Original Post at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-169/issue-1/departments/letters-to_the_editor/a-closer-look-at-a-bidirectional-flow-path.html Author’s note: The writer has been in the fire service for 15 years. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver; a bachelor’s degree in exercise science-corporate wellness from Winona State University in Minnesota; and an associate degree in fire science from Aims Community College in Colorado.
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FHWorld16: Is ‘Hit it Hard from the Yard’ Effective?

FHWorld16: Is ‘Hit it Hard from the Yard’ Effective?

ORIGINAL POST AT: http://www.firehouse.com/news/12165432/fhworld16-is-hit-the-fire-hard-from-the-yard-effective  A lively debate on fireground tactics erupted on the show floor as two experienced fire officers squared off in a moderated panel session at Firehouse World 2016 on Tuesday afternoon. The debate focused on whether the “hit it hard from the yard” tactic of fire suppression was effective or defective when it
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Water Mapping Experiments Completed by UL FSRI

Water Mapping Experiments Completed by UL FSRI

As we continue working on the 2013 DHS Grant to study the “Impact of Fire Attack utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival,” the second round of testing was conducted at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) headquarters in Northbrook, IL to see how water is distributed within a compartment based on different fire
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Come Experience UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s Fire Attack Experiments

Come Experience UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s Fire Attack Experiments

What: UL is conducting a 3-year study titled “Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival.” The purpose is to increase firefighter safety by providing the fire service with credible scientific information, developed from full-scale fire testing in representative single family homes, on the impact of
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IFSI RESEARCH CENTER RELEASES INTERIM REPORT ON CARDIOVASCULAR AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURE RISKS IN MODERN FIREFIGHTING PROJECT

IFSI RESEARCH CENTER RELEASES INTERIM REPORT ON CARDIOVASCULAR AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURE RISKS IN MODERN FIREFIGHTING PROJECT

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Research Center in tandem with UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released their interim report on a study of cardiovascular risks and carcinogenic exposures in the modern firefighting environment. The study quantifies a number of factors, such as
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When They Ask: 2016 vs 1986 Dwelling Fires-Video

It’s pretty common these days to be asked to justify what fire departments do, why and of course the cost of services-and that’s a good thing. Related to that is a “picture is worth one thousand words.” But this isn’t the typical picture. This “picture” shows whats’s in the home of everyone who supports-or doesn’t
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NARROWING THE DIVIDE – BY PJ NORWOOD

NARROWING THE DIVIDE – BY PJ NORWOOD

Original post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A611951 The fire service is full of debates and animated conversations the same way it was long before we all started riding the big shiny trucks. Many of these debates will outlast all of us. Some of these debates will be put to bed but new ones will emerge. This is all
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ENGINEER SEES RAMPANT BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS AFTER TX TORNADO

ENGINEER SEES RAMPANT BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS AFTER TX TORNADO

An engineer who inspected damage across North Texas after Saturday’s deadly tornadoes says he saw “rampant irresponsibleness” in the way many homes and buildings were constructed. “We saw a tremendous number of improper attachment of the walls to the foundations, which just made walls fall either in or out,” said Timothy Marshall, a forensic engineer
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FIREFIGHTING AND EXTERIOR INSULATION FINISHING SYSTEMS

FIREFIGHTING AND EXTERIOR INSULATION FINISHING SYSTEMS

Original post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/1/volume-168/issue-1/firefighting-exterior/firefighting-and-exterior-insulation-finishing-systems-full.html  Sustainable design seeks to enhance building performance and reduce the built environment’s destructive impact on the earth. One way is to minimize energy consumption and thus reduce the consumption of nonrenewable resources. Builders commonly use an exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) to meet this objective. EIFS provides excellent energy efficiency, placing
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BURN THROUGH, YOUR HOSE IS AT RISK – Dennis LeGear

BURN THROUGH, YOUR HOSE IS AT RISK – Dennis LeGear

http://www.hydrant2nozzle.com/blog/2015/12/28/burn-through-your-hose-is-at-risk Lets take a moment to talk about how to protect yourself from thermal failure of hose issues regardless of spec. Hose line burn through is potentially a significant factor in some LODDs. Neglect of basic hose line handling and maintenance along with improper hose spec are the major contributing factors to burn through. Consider
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TWO SAN FRAN FFs SHOCKED BY SOLAR PANELS AT FIRE

TWO SAN FRAN FFs SHOCKED BY SOLAR PANELS AT FIRE

Two firefighters were shocked, apparently by a rooftop solar panel, while trying to extinguish a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Bayview District Wednesday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said. One of the firefighters was taken to a hospital to be checked out after experiencing numbness in his arms, while the other remained
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CLOSED DOOR SAVES 2 FIREFIGHTERS FROM FLASHOVER

CLOSED DOOR SAVES 2 FIREFIGHTERS FROM FLASHOVER

Fifteen people are without a home after a fire tore through four townhomes in Manassas Wednesday morning. Click onto photo for video Firefighters were called to the 9800 block of Maury Lane overnight. When they arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the rear of two townhomes. The fire spread to two additional townhomes before
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Thermal Imaging Cameras for Incident Commanders by Mike Daly

Thermal Imaging Cameras for Incident Commanders by Mike Daly

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/11309139/how-fireground-commanders-can-use-a-thermal-imaging-camera?utm_source=FH+Newsday&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS141210005 There are a ton of factors to consider when determining an action plan at a structure fire, so it is imperative to gather enough information to make the right call on a mode of operation. During the 360 size-up, clues surrounding the exterior of the structure help to make an attack
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NOZZLE TESTS CONTINUE AT UL FSRI

NOZZLE TESTS CONTINUE AT UL FSRI

FSRI is conducting water mapping experiments this week in Northbrook, IL. Real-time water distribution will be analyzed from interior and exterior streams using an Actual Delivered Density (ADD) apparatus. The ADD apparatus was designed to measure sprinkler flow distribution but we are re-purposing it by building a room and hallway over it to examine where
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TRANSITIONAL FIRE ATTACK – 2009 ARTICLE – STILL RELEVANT

TRANSITIONAL FIRE ATTACK – 2009 ARTICLE – STILL RELEVANT

Original post at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-162/issue-110/features/transitional-fire.html#_gus&_gucid=/content/fe/en/articles/print/volume-162/issue-110/features/transitional-fire&_gup=twitter&_gsc=gcquCYS&_giguuid=9fcb5aba2add48048f6b37e5d305b41b BY LAWRENCE G. SCHWARZ AND DEREK WHEELER The perils of lightweight construction and rapid fire growth associated with synthetic combustibles have been discussed extensively throughout the fire service over the past two decades. As firefighters, we’ve been inundated with reports and statistics detailing these hazards, intended to raise our collective awareness so
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Between Guilt and Innocence, an Evolution in Fire Science – NY TIMES

Between Guilt and Innocence, an Evolution in Fire Science – NY TIMES

A statue of a mythological Chinese supernatural beast called Hsieh-Chai, who was believed to have the ability to tell the guilty from the innocent by butting them, stands at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “Slow and painful has been man’s progress from magic to law,” a proverb inscribed on the base says. Three men convicted
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PASS IT ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

PASS IT ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Please consider purchasing “PASS IT ON…What We Know…What We Want You To Know” as a part of your Christmas, Hanukkah and related holiday gift giving. Each us, the nearly one hundred contributors* (list below), donated time and thoughts in this major fundraiser with 100% of the royalties being donated jointly to both the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Chief Ray Downey
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Dan Madrzykowski Joins the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

Dan Madrzykowski Joins the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

UL welcomes Daniel Madrzykowski as the newest member of the Firefighter Safety Research Institute. After more than 30 years with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Fire Research Division, Dan Madrzykowski is joining the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) as a Senior Research Engineer based out of FSRI headquarters in Columbia, MD
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FLOW PATHS AND FIRE BEHAVIOR

FLOW PATHS AND FIRE BEHAVIOR

Original Post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-168/issue-10/departments/the-engine-company/flow-paths-and-fire-behavior.html#_gus&_gucid=/content/fe/en/articles/print/volume-168/issue-10/departments/the-engine-company/flow-paths-and-fire&_gup=twitter&_gsc=W5N8LaP&_giguuid=9fcb5aba2add48048f6b37e5d305b41b By JONATHAN MONAGHAN The term “flow path” has evolved into one of our industry’s buzzwords. Recently, many studies have been conducted on flow paths with regard to fire spread. But what exactly is a flow path? How do we control it? Does it matter? What dangers does it present to firefighters?
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A GREAT QUICK HIT ATTACK VIDEO!

A GREAT QUICK HIT ATTACK VIDEO!

Mason City Fire Department douses flames at at 321 E. State St., Mason City, on Nov. 27, 2015.

MFA #16: The Rescue Imperative – How to save a life

MFA #16: The Rescue Imperative – How to save a life

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A623657&hootPostID=15c358d7c6673fe208a615c72ca3af82 Some critics of the SLICE-RS approach point to what they see as its lack of emphasis on rescue, as well as its perceived over-emphasis on firefighter safety to the detriment of civilian victims.  Initial drafts of my enthusiastic arguments to the contrary consisted of a comprehensive review of the entire process
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Safety Advisory: Translucent Corrugated Roof Panels May Contribute to Increased Fall Risk during Roof Operations

Safety Advisory: Translucent Corrugated Roof Panels May Contribute to Increased Fall Risk during Roof Operations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels: Ensure that all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers are aware of and are
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TOP 20 CONSIDERATIONS FROM FIREFIGHTER RESEARCH by Firehouse Magazine and UL FSRI

TOP 20 CONSIDERATIONS FROM FIREFIGHTER RESEARCH by Firehouse Magazine and UL FSRI

http://brevity.next.firehouse.com/issue/561fcf363bab46bf780c3752 Firehouse teamed up with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the the Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) to provide an interactive look at 20 Tactical Considerations from Firefighter Research. The goal of this partnership is to increase firefighters’ knowledge to reduce deaths and injuries and assist responders in better preparing to respond to emergencies in their community. Authors include UL Firefighter
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Pete Van Dorpe: Mounting an Intelligent Interior Attack

Pete Van Dorpe: Mounting an Intelligent Interior Attack

Original post found at: http://www.fdic.com/articles/2015/11/pete-van-dorpe-mounting-an-intelligent-interior-attack.html Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you must have heard at least a little something about “the great debate over fighting fires from the outside.”  You know, all those researchers in lab coats trying to tell us how to do our jobs, telling
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Rollover, Flashover and Backdraft in fire simulator

Small scale fire simulator. All the stages of fire development………

UL FSRI Conducts Air Entrainment Testing

UL FSRI Conducts Air Entrainment Testing

As part of the 2013 DHS Grant to study the “Impact of Fire Attack utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival” testing was conducted at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center in Sharon Hill, PA to measure the amount of air being entrained into the structure by Fire Attack operations. 
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Free Interactive Firefighter Training for Residential Fires and Cardiovascular Health

Free Interactive Firefighter Training for Residential Fires and Cardiovascular Health

With the funding from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, NYU Fire Research Group has partnered with Fire Department of New York, Chicago Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Houston Fire Department, and Bloomington (Minnesota) Fire Department, as well as experts from the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to develop a new web-based training to educate
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ORANGE CO FL FFs UNDERGO MODERN TACTICS TRAINING

ORANGE CO FL FFs UNDERGO MODERN TACTICS TRAINING

Every Orange County firefighter is being retrained when it comes to fighting fires. New research shows old tactics may not be the most efficient. The goal is to save more lives. By combining national standards and science, Orange County Fire Rescue’s assistant chief of operations, J. Brian Morrow, believes these new tactics will prove that
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VEIS DUAL EXTERIOR VIEW VIDEO

VEIS DUAL EXTERIOR VIEW VIDEO

KILL THE FLASHOVER YOUTUBE POST This clip demonstrates the effectiveness of utilizing a thermal imager for exterior operations. The clip shows a VEIS operation from the exterior as seen through a Fire Cam helmet cam and ISG E-380 thermal imager. VEIS took place on the Division Two / Delta side while the fire was located
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