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ORIENTATED V-E-I-S – A VIABLE OPTION BY JOE PRONESTI

ORIENTATED V-E-I-S – A VIABLE OPTION BY JOE PRONESTI

Original post: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A606578 It appears and rightfully so, that there is an increase in “chatter” about the utilization on the fire ground for VEIS (Vent, ,Enter, Isolate, and Search) training. A few years back I wrote an article for Fire Engineering on utilizing what some call the ‘Oriented Man” V.E.I.S. this tactic utilizes two members
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Application Period for DHS 2013 Fire Attack Technical Panel Is Open

Application Period for DHS 2013 Fire Attack Technical Panel Is Open

Panel Is Open As part of our Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival we are looking for an advisory panel made up of the fire service; and fire service research field. This panel, comprised of 15-25 fire service representatives will be selected from
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NO TRASH TALKING FOLLOW-UP BY MICK MAYERS

NO TRASH TALKING FOLLOW-UP BY MICK MAYERS

Post originally found at and reposted with Authors Permission: http://www.firehousezen.com/2013/05/06/no-trash-talking-follow-up/ When someone opposes my viewpoint, I usually take pains to understand their perspective. I value other observations on the issues, provided they are respectful of others and also consider alternative perspectives.  A few weeks back, when I posted No Trash Talking, I suggested change should
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The Wrong Side of History by Lt. Brad French

The Wrong Side of History by Lt. Brad French

In an industry so deeply engrained in tradition, a shift in the way we conduct our business is inherently bound to be wrought with resistance, emotional reaction, and hesitation.  The American fire service has a tremendous history of saving lives, protecting property, and acting as a safety net for the community when virtually any emergency
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Update on the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program

Update on the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFS) continues to move forward with delivery of a Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  The ISFSI received funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to deliver this material at 100 fire service venues across the USA in 2015.  The program went through
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THE FACTS ON SLICE-RS BY EDDIE BUCHANAN

THE FACTS ON SLICE-RS BY EDDIE BUCHANAN

Original post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A606834 Lot’s of discussion/conflict on the SLICE-RS concept, which I think is great. Conflict/discussion is a necessary indicator of change. Without it, everything remains the same. Although, some of the who-ha is inaccurate. Not picking on this guy. It just happens to be the example of the day. A few facts
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WHY NEW HOMES BURN FASTER THAN OLD ONES

WHY NEW HOMES BURN FASTER THAN OLD ONES

Justina Page knows just how fast fire can spread. Her Houston home caught fire in the middle of the night. She suffered third-degree burns over 55 percent of her body, all six of her children were burned and her 22-month-old son Amos died in the blaze. “I hear myself screaming for a child I will
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RECENT BLOGS COMMENTING ON SLICE – RS – A RESPONSE FROM EDDIE BUCHANAN

RECENT BLOGS COMMENTING ON SLICE – RS – A RESPONSE FROM EDDIE BUCHANAN

Lot’s of discussion/conflict on the SLICE-RS concept, which I think is great.  Conflict/discussion is a necessary indicator of change.  Without it, everything remains the same.  Although, some of the who-ha is inaccurate.  Not picking on this guy. It just happens to be the example of the day.  A few facts that might be helpful: 1)
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Basement Fires: Fire Dynamics and Collapse Hazards

Basement Fires: Fire Dynamics and Collapse Hazards

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1047657&sti=em2 November 25, 2014 3:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM CST / 12:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM GMT Cost: Free Event Description: This program reviews fire behavior and structural collapse hazards during basement fires. Full-scale fire research conducted by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, the National Institute of Standards
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IN PURSUIT OF SMART (FROM NFPA JOURNAL)

IN PURSUIT OF SMART (FROM NFPA JOURNAL)

THE ENGINE 308 FIRE HOUSE IN SOUTH QUEENS is the kind of place where visitors receive a firm handshake and a strong cup of coffee upon arrival. Upstairs, Eugene Ditaranto’s office is equally old-school. The walls are clad in 1970s-era wood paneling, and Ditaranto, chief of Battalion 51 for the New York City Fire Department
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BACK THEN VS. NOW – A STORY FROM JOE PRONESTI

BACK THEN VS. NOW – A STORY FROM JOE PRONESTI

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A606364 At a recent class I attended the instructor  speaking on the merits of studying today’s fire behavior and tactics exhibited a piece of paper with one sentence written on it, the words scribbled by a great fire service leader said, “Quick water is the best water”.  As I read those
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ISFSI RELEASES PRINCIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK COURSE – WATCH FOR IT IN YOUR STATE

ISFSI RELEASES PRINCIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK COURSE – WATCH FOR IT IN YOUR STATE

This class will provide a firsthand look at the UL/NIST Modern Fire Behavior/Dynamics studies and show instructors how they can be delivered and instituted in their fire departments. Controversial to some so be prepared for some great discussion, but in the end, no one can argue with the numbers and the studies – these will
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Real-Scale Fire Tests of One Bedroom Apartments with Regard to Tenability Assessment

Real-Scale Fire Tests of One Bedroom Apartments with Regard to Tenability Assessment

Home fires continue to account for a majority of structural fire deaths, and the bedroom is the most common origin for fatal fires1. This paper details the results of real-scale bedroom fire tests for two realistic scenarios: one with the bedroom door open and one with the door closed. Toxic chemicals, temperature, and fire behavior
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Probe Shows Hose Failures Not Uncommon

Probe Shows Hose Failures Not Uncommon

Attack hoses hauled into buildings are failing, and killing firefighters. Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy carried a hose into a burning building earlier this year, but it failed after it was burned through. Kennedy and fellow firefighter Lt. Ed Walsh died in the basement after frantically calling for water, a WCVB investigative report showed. “Engine 33, mayday.
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CAN THE FIREGROUND BE RESEARCH DRIVEN BY JOHN BUCKMAN

CAN THE FIREGROUND BE RESEARCH DRIVEN BY JOHN BUCKMAN

Original post found at: http://www.firechief.com/2014/11/11/can-the-fireground-be-research-driven/ John Buckman III Evidence-based fire suppression strategy and tactics are being made available through the research being conducted by the NIST and UL. However, the practices and solutions to fire suppression techniques are not always implemented on the street. In fact, many times the research is combated vigorously, occasionally almost
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ATTEND THE UL PPV TESTING SESSION BURNS

ATTEND THE UL PPV TESTING SESSION BURNS

As part of the 2012 DHS Grant looking at positive pressure ventilation in residential structures UL FSRI will be conducting full fire tests the month of January 2015. A total of 24 experiments will be constructed in the large scale fire test lab in Northbrook, IL.  Test setups configured as a single story ranch home (1200 Sq
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WORCESTER, MA FFs NARROWLY ESCAPE BACKDRAFT

WORCESTER, MA FFs NARROWLY ESCAPE BACKDRAFT

Worcester officials say several city firefighters somehow escaped serious injury during a large blaze when a backdraft explosion blew out part of the upper floors of an apartment building. City officials say the firefighters were climbing a stairway to the top floor of the four-story building early Saturday morning when they were knocked down the
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JONES AND BARTLETT – 1st FIREFIGHTER TRAINING MANUAL TO UPDATE WITH MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

JONES AND BARTLETT – 1st FIREFIGHTER TRAINING MANUAL TO UPDATE WITH MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

Download the full document here at: http://samples.jbpub.com/9781284084108/9781284084108_Secured.pdf Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting is a synopsis of the UL/NIST research studies and experiments on fire behavior and techniques for ventilation, fire suppression, and search and rescue as a result of the changes in modern building construction and furnishing materials. As a result of these
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Don’t Blame It On The Rain! By Lt. Brad French

Don’t Blame It On The Rain! By Lt. Brad French

The devil truly is in the details.  When it comes to the delivery of information to students about the research conducted over the past several years on the modern fire environment by UL and NIST, every detail matters.  As today’s fire instructors are incorporating information into their presentations gained from the experiments at Governor’s Island,
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CONTROLLING THE OPENINGS – BY SEAN GRAY – FIRE ENGINEERING – OCTOBER 2013

CONTROLLING THE OPENINGS – BY SEAN GRAY – FIRE ENGINEERING – OCTOBER 2013

http://digital.fireengineering.com/fireengineering/201410/?pg=70&pm=2&u1=friend A great article and video for Fire Engineering by Sean Gray on controlling the door.

REVENGE OF THE NERDS BY SEAN GRAY

REVENGE OF THE NERDS BY SEAN GRAY

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A605735 While perusing several of the social media sites, I’ve noticed that there seems to be some nerd-bashing going on in the fire service these days. What do I mean by nerd bashing? Maybe not complete nerd bashing but definitely some separatist bully-like behavior between the jocks and the geeks. While
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DOOR CONTROL – THERE ARE OPTIONS BY PJ NORWOOD

DOOR CONTROL – THERE ARE OPTIONS BY PJ NORWOOD

Original post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A605529 By now we are all familiar with the terminology “flow path”. We have read the blogs, picked apart the studies, watched videos, begun seeing and recognizing the dangers of not controlling the flow path. We have had discussions and have considered our tactical options to mange the flow path. Many
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GREAT FIRE SCIENCE VIDEOS FROM DAVE WALSH

GREAT FIRE SCIENCE VIDEOS FROM DAVE WALSH

Dave Walsh from Dutchess County Community College in NY has posted some great Fire Behavior/Fire Science Videos on his website: http://faculty.sunydutchess.edu/walsh/videos/TRAINING%20CLIPS/trainingclips.htm For those of you that don’t know Dave, he is one of the unsung heroes of FDIC – the AV Crew. Thanks for sharing Cuzzin Dave!

ARE YOU READY TO GET SET AFTER RE-SET BY JOE PRONESTI

ARE YOU READY TO GET SET AFTER RE-SET BY JOE PRONESTI

Original Post by Joe Pronesti found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672:BlogPost:605394&xg_source=shorten_twitter Any student of this profession by now as read or been instructed on all the UL and NIST research, some of our largest and busiest departments have changed some of their procedures due to this remarkable research. In my opinion for any size department it makes sense
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MODERN FUEL FLASHOVER VIDEO

MODERN FUEL FLASHOVER VIDEO

Thanks to www.FlowPathManagement.com and www.isgfire.com for this great video The presence of modern fuels in our society has changed the time to flashover rates at alarming levels. As seen from the UL flashover comparison tests between legacy vs. modern fuels, the time to reach flashover is drastically reduced. Not only are the fuels a major
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QUICK HIT AND VEIS IN INDIANA

QUICK HIT AND VEIS IN INDIANA

Apartment Fire Video from the Port O Call Apartments in Wayne Twp (Indianapolis) Indiana.  Members had a report of entrapment and conducted VEIS as well as a quick hit from the exterior.

“What’s the FRIG?” Flow Path, Rapid Infromation Gathering – FROM FLOW PATH MANAGEMENT!

“What’s the FRIG?” Flow Path, Rapid Infromation Gathering – FROM FLOW PATH MANAGEMENT!

When opening my Flow Path Management Experience courses, I begin by surveying the class to find out how the first due company officers operate with regards to who actually determines where the first line is deployed? (Officer or Nozzleman) Now, I know what the textbooks say and what our operating guidelines recommend but in the
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UNDERSTANDING FLOW PATHS – From Firefighting Canada

UNDERSTANDING FLOW PATHS – From Firefighting Canada

Original Post found at: http://www.firefightingincanada.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18596&Itemid=210 From the Vandalia Avenue fire in New York City in December 1998, in which three FDNY firefighters died, to the Forward Avenue fire in Ottawa in February 2007, which forced five firefighters to jump from fourth-floor windows, the number of firefighters who have been severely injured or killed after being
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MODERNFIREBEHAVIOR.COM STAFF PARTICIPATES IN F.I.R.E. FROM KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE

MODERNFIREBEHAVIOR.COM STAFF PARTICIPATES IN F.I.R.E. FROM KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE

ModernFireBehavior.com Staff Members Brian Kazmierzak and Steve Kerber are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the next 10 days participating in F.I.R.E. – From Knowledge to Practice which is a grant from the Canadian Government also supported by US DHS and US DOD to develop a STANDARD fire behavior curriculum worldwide.This is an exciting project that
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5 FDNY FFs HURT IN BROOKLYN MAYDAY

5 FDNY FFs HURT IN BROOKLYN MAYDAY

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a two-alarm fire Wednesday morning at a building in Brooklyn. The FDNY responded to the call at about 8:30 a.m. at 781 Washington Avenue, a 7-story residential building in Prospect Heights. The fire was placed under control about 90 minutes later, with about 100 firefighters responding. The blaze
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