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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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Indiana Develops Video on New Approach to Firefighting

Indiana Develops Video on New Approach to Firefighting

A video produced by the Penn Township Fire Department and Mishawaka Fire Department in conjunction with other St. Joseph County Departments and the Indiana Firefighter Training System is now available on YouTube for all firefighters to view. The video details the SLICE-RS strategy to fight fires. SLICE-RS offers a new approach to firefighting. SLICE-RS stands
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ALIVE Training for Science of Modern Fires is Available.

ALIVE Training for Science of Modern Fires is Available.

As per the 2013 National Fire Protection Association’s report, “Patterns of Firefighter Fireground Injuries,” between 2007-2011, residential fires accounted for about eight out of ten firefighter fireground injuries. The fire dynamics encountered during modern residential fires differ greatly from traditional models. The size and configuration of the typical single-family home, new construction techniques, high heat
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Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival

Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival

This 3-year study will build on the research conducted to date on fire service ventilation and suppression tactics (e.g., interior suppression versus “transitional attack”) to provide a comprehensive assessment of firefighting tactics on chemical and thermal exposures for victims trapped within a structure, and the firefighters advancing toward the fire or operating in other parts
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Tactical Ventilation and Its Impact on Fireground Operations

Tactical Ventilation and Its Impact on Fireground Operations

The instructor, drawing on his 20-plus years of experience in the fire service and his background in the testing arena, explains how fire departments can integrate recent research findings into firefighting operations and better protect members. The research has been conducted over the past several years by the fire service in conjunction with the fire
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Not My Father’s Fire by www.HooksandHooligans.com

Not My Father’s Fire by www.HooksandHooligans.com

I have to start off with a little back ground. I grew up in the fire service. The fire service, to me, is not a job, not a career; it is a craft. Similarly throughout history, as a craftsman would teach his son his craft from a young age, I too, was lucky enough to
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Significant Stuff from the UL/NIST Studies: Not Exterior Water Application – By Jason Hovelmann

Significant Stuff from the UL/NIST Studies: Not Exterior Water Application – By Jason Hovelmann

I have been sifting through information, articles, blogs, classes, videos and everything in between for the past couple of years from the recent UL and NIST burns and research. We have all argued or debated about the application of exterior water and whether or not this is appropriate or not. While I believe there is
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The Door Control Debate Continues by Ed Hartin – www.CFBT-US.com

The Door Control Debate Continues by Ed Hartin – www.CFBT-US.com

Fire Rescue magazine Editor in Chief Tim Sendelbach recently raised a number of questions related to door control in his recent on-line article, Becoming Better Informed on the Fireground(2014). This article, has generated a fair bit of on-line discussion around the following issue: Which is a better tactic to provide a more tenable environment for
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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – FF INSANITY

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – FF INSANITY

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1666631883562972&set=vb.100006485280068&type=2&theater

SPRAY FOAM INSULATION ATTIC FIRE

SPRAY FOAM INSULATION ATTIC FIRE

Post courtesy of www.GreenMaltese.com Spray Foam has struck again! Back in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I referenced that there had been several fires that happen during the application of  SPF. By the initial reports it is appearing that a recent mansion
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LESSON LEARNED FROM SPARTANBURG BURNS – LIVES SAVED!

LESSON LEARNED FROM SPARTANBURG BURNS – LIVES SAVED!

First hand account of Flow Path Lessons Learned from a basement fire in German Township. It is great to see new technology and flow path awareness made a significant impact in this fire, Great job fellas! A Special thanks to Chief John Buckman for sharing this with us!

NBC MILWAUKEE VISITS UL IN NORTHBROOK, IL

NBC MILWAUKEE VISITS UL IN NORTHBROOK, IL

If a fire started in your home, how much time would you have to safely escape: Five minutes? Ten minutes? The answer may depend on the age of your home, and what’s inside of it. They may look beautiful, but consumer safety guru John Drengenberg knows some modern homes also have something you may not know about.
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HOSE STREAM COMPARISION – YOU WON’T WANT TO USE A FOG NOZZLE FOR THE QUICK HIT AFTER THIS!

HOSE STREAM COMPARISION – YOU WON’T WANT TO USE A FOG NOZZLE FOR THE QUICK HIT AFTER THIS!

Spartanburg ISFSI 2014 Preview – Two similar rooms on fire on the upper level. The rooms are connected by a small hallway at the top of the stairs. The doorway at the base of the stairs is open. Watch the impact of a straight stream that allows the window to serve as a low pressure
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CONGRATS TO CAPTAIN JOHN CERIELLO

CONGRATS TO CAPTAIN JOHN CERIELLO

Congratulations to Capt. Ceriello of FDNY on his promotion. John worked with NIST on PPV, wind, and tactics research.