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EINSTEIN, HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS? By Billy Goldfeder

EINSTEIN, HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS? By Billy Goldfeder

This morning in Homestead PA and earlier this week in Edgewater, NJ-huge fires kept Firefighters busy. Amongst those incidents, there have been some commentaries that if those fire departments had career Firefighters, the fires might have not gotten so large. Huh? The light weight wood truss non-sprinklered building had nothing to do with it? Hmmm.
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UL RESEARCH FEATURED ON ABC7

UL RESEARCH FEATURED ON ABC7

The ABC 7 I-Team looked into a cutting-edge experiment that could save the lives of firefighters and homeowners. The American Red Cross says that only one out of every 10 households is prepared for the worst, and has a fire escape plan. New global research is being done locally that can help firefighters save homes,
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A New Acronym to consider-UL (Universally Linking)

A New Acronym to consider-UL (Universally Linking)

Posted by Joseph Pronesti on January 20, 2015 at 7:09pm What does a two year firefighter and group of firefighters from the Netherlands have in common? No it’s not a joke but a great example of what Steve Kerber from UL along with Dan Madrzykowski from NIST have really done with the research data disseminated
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My Take Away From 2014 by Jason Hoevelmann

My Take Away From 2014 by Jason Hoevelmann

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672:BlogPost:611429 Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or
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NIST Fire Research: Positive Pressure Ventilation for the Fire Service

NIST Fire Research: Positive Pressure Ventilation for the Fire Service

The aim of this National Institute of Standards and Technology video is to improve firefighter safety by enabling better understanding of structural ventilation techniques, including positive pressure ventilation (PPV) and natural venting. PPV techniques remove heat, smoke, and other contaminants from a structure so that other firefighting tasks can be performed in a more tenable
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NEW FIRES – NEW TACTICS BY NFPA

NEW FIRES – NEW TACTICS BY NFPA

NFPA IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO HELP the fire service understand and deal with the threat of increasingly volatile home fires, according to a pair of prominent fire-science researchers. Stephen Kerber, the director of the Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and Dan Madrzykowski, the leader of the Fire Fighting Technology Group at
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Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control – Part 2 by PJ Norwood

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control – Part 2 by PJ Norwood

Original Post at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A609328 In part 1 we focused on window failure. Now we will be focusing on door failure. When I was first taught to enter a second floor window without the protection of a hand line to search a bedroom (VES) I was taught to immediately close the door. I was also told if
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OFFENSIVE ATTACK WITH THE DECK GUN

OFFENSIVE ATTACK WITH THE DECK GUN

Original post found at: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/water-supply/fire-monitors/articles/2075568-Fire-attack-Use-the-deck-gun-on-offense/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=exclusive1&nlid=2075521 By Mark van der Feyst Most fire apparatus or engines are equipped with a top-mounted deck gun. This is a great asset for the engine company, as they have access to a large weapon that can be used for both defensive and offensive fire tactics. Often, the deck gun is not
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WHAT’S MISSING FROM THE CONVERSATION BY STEVE PEGRAM

WHAT’S MISSING FROM THE CONVERSATION BY STEVE PEGRAM

Original post: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A610134 2014 was an exciting year for me personally and professionally. At home, my wife was saved by a lifesaving double lung transplant, my FD got a new tax levy passed that will allow us to purchase desperately needed equipment, increase staffing and create additional officer positions, and I served my first year as
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UL FSRI LAUNCHES PPV TESTS

UL FSRI LAUNCHES PPV TESTS

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute launched its series of PPV research burns today.  Here are some photos of the burns.  To learn more visit: www.ULFirefighterSafety.com, follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ULfirefightersafety or on Twitter at: UL_FSRI.  The HashTag for these burns are: #‎ULppvTests‬ Here are some photos:

FDNY HIGH RISE NOZZLE VIDEO

FDNY HIGH RISE NOZZLE VIDEO

An excellent video on Modern High Rise Tactics from the FDNY

BOTH SIDES OF THE MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR DEBATE FROM FIRENUGGETS.COM

BOTH SIDES OF THE MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR DEBATE FROM FIRENUGGETS.COM

Today, we are in the midst of an exciting time in the fire service, we are sandwiched by traditional, deep-rooted strategies and tactics and the research being shared with the fire service by the FRSI (UL/NIST) group. There exist (at least) two groups of firefighters that are split on the issues being researched, and they
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Fire Behavior-The Forgotten Teachings

Fire Behavior-The Forgotten Teachings

Original post found at: http://firefighterworld.org/fire-behavior-forgotten-teachings/ I live in a state that is literally surrounded by water. As a child. I had often times sat next to a river and watched objects slowly float past, often times wondering why they don’t float back the other direction. I was curious and began to get deeper and deeper into
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UNDERSTANDING AND AVOIDING A FLASHOVER

UNDERSTANDING AND AVOIDING A FLASHOVER

Original Post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/06/understanding-and-avoiding-a-flashover.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyJanuary12015 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
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Examining Fighting Tactics under Wind-Driven Conditions – 5 Part Video Series

Examining Fighting Tactics under Wind-Driven Conditions – 5 Part Video Series

Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Peter Van Dorpe introduces this five-part presentation on how new fire research points the way to more effective ways to fight high-rise fires. Van Dorpe also summarizes the recent history of recent Chicago high-rise fires and assesses how scientific findings challenge the conventional tactics used to fight them. The Chicago
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TRANSOM WINDOWS: An often forgotten modern fire behavior danger lurks in Legacy constructed buildings

TRANSOM WINDOWS: An often forgotten modern fire behavior danger lurks in Legacy constructed buildings

If you attended an older school like I did growing up I guarantee your teacher or even you yourself performed a ventilation technique and didn’t even know it when you opened them, what am I talking about? It’s the transom window and their effect on your operations in legacy buildings need be taken into consideration,
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Triple FF LODD Fire Video/Simulation – Keokuk, IA

Triple FF LODD Fire Video/Simulation – Keokuk, IA

This simulation is from Keokuk (Iowa) Fire, where 3 children and 3 Firefighters lost their lives. Please take the time to WATCH and LEARN from this unique video: NOTE: The critical event was the on-set of flashover conditions in the kitchen, where the fire began. Post-flashover, the fire spread rapidly via flow paths from the
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A POST FROM PAUL GRIMWOOD – LEARNING – PRACTICE AND THEORY

A POST FROM PAUL GRIMWOOD – LEARNING – PRACTICE AND THEORY

Original post found at: https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204299350896688&id=1016292260&set=gm.1571217296428162&source=57 I see this graphic as representing the aims of this group. There are clear divisions between the make up of this group in that some of us approach firefighting from an academic philosophy whilst others are very experienced practitioners. Some of us offer a sprinkling of both having studied fire science
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DRAFT CURTAIN TACTICS (AN EVALUATION OF FLOW PATH CONTROL)

DRAFT CURTAIN TACTICS (AN EVALUATION OF FLOW PATH CONTROL)

Original post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/12/draft-curtain-tactics.html By Frank Ricci, Justin McCarthy, Jason Rivera, and P.J. Norwood What is old is new again. Yes, flow path control is not new, noted texts dating back to the 1800s. What is new is our increased understanding of scientific principles. (Photo 1 by Christine Ricci of firefighter deploying curtain.) The Old Salts The fire
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EXTERIOR ATTACK: WHEN TO USE IT

EXTERIOR ATTACK: WHEN TO USE IT

Dan Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently shared the following information on one fire department’s experience fighting an attached garage fire. It contains the video, photos, andtestimony of Highview (KY) Fire Protection District Chief Dave Goldsmith. “We had a attached garage fire early one morning, which we fought from the outside,” Chief Goldsmith said. “We also
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VANDALIA AVE. LODD ANNIV. – WIND DRIVEN FIRES AND FLOW PATHS

VANDALIA AVE. LODD ANNIV. – WIND DRIVEN FIRES AND FLOW PATHS

Today is the anniversary of the tragic Line of Duty Deaths for Canarsie (Brooklyn) Firefighters from FDNY Ladder 170: Joe Cavalieri, Chris Bopp and Jimmy Bohan. Early Friday morning December 18, 1998, FDNY along the entire fire service experienced another tragic multi-loss LODD 7 days before Christmas. At 0454 hours Brooklyn C.O. send 1st alarm
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STAY ONE STEP AHEAD: DRAGER FLASHOVER WEBSITE

STAY ONE STEP AHEAD: DRAGER FLASHOVER WEBSITE

The Warning Signs of Flashover and the Value of Live Fire Training Why are flashover conditions developing more often and rapidly in today’s fires? Homes today are more efficient at holding in heat, and contain more furnishings made from synthetic materials. These conditions contribute to fires that can quickly lead to flashover conditions. Today’s firefighters
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HUMPDAY HANGOUT: SMOKE CURTAINS, VENTILATION, AND HIGH-RISE FIREFIGHTING

HUMPDAY HANGOUT: SMOKE CURTAINS, VENTILATION, AND HIGH-RISE FIREFIGHTING

Original post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/12/humpday-hangout-fire-dex.html?cmpid=$trackid In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, and Justin McCarthy. They address customer service, high-rise firefighting, and some of the ventilation studies they have been involved in.

COURAGE TO CLOSE THE GAP BY SEAN GRAY

COURAGE TO CLOSE THE GAP BY SEAN GRAY

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672:BlogPost:608114 As a follow up to the “Revenge of the Nerds” blog from November, I wanted to clarify my position because there have been some out there in the Social Media world that have been critical of the blog and many others that took offense to it. It was not written to
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NIST: FIREFIGHTERS PORTABLE RADIOS MAY FAIL AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURES

NIST: FIREFIGHTERS PORTABLE RADIOS MAY FAIL AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURES

New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used byfirefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered duringfirefighting activities. Firefighters rely on the radios to report their location and to communicate with other first responders as well as theincident command post or communications center.
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WPI CREATED CENTER FOR FIRST RESPONDER TECHNOLOGY TO HONOR FALLEN WORCESTER FIREFIGHTERS

WPI CREATED CENTER FOR FIRST RESPONDER TECHNOLOGY TO HONOR FALLEN WORCESTER FIREFIGHTERS

Fifteen years ago, on Dec. 3, 1999, the tragic Worcester Cold Storage warehouse fire devastated this New England city and galvanized the nation. The fire, which took the lives of six local firefighters, became the impetus for a major research program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) that has produced a string of innovations designed to make
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Xmas Trees Aren’t the Only Extreme Fire Growth Fires..So Are Modern Fuels

Xmas Trees Aren’t the Only Extreme Fire Growth Fires..So Are Modern Fuels

During holidays we see lots of reminders about the dangers of dry Christmas trees and their potential for extreme fire growth… These two side by side comparisons should remind us that modern fuels that comprise our home furnishings are demonstrating the reduced notification and escape time for occupants to escape an extreme fire event.

Applying the “Principles of Modern Fire Attack” to the Objectives of the Fire Service

Applying the “Principles of Modern Fire Attack” to the Objectives of the Fire Service

By Jim Silvernail The objectives of the Fire Service have been the same for the past 250 years: Save lives Protect property Reduce harmful impacts to the environment This hold true for not only the American fire service, but for fire service agencies around the globe.   It has stood the test of time and will
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Vent Enter Isolation Search Thermal Imagery; Flow Path Management

Vent Enter Isolation Search Thermal Imagery; Flow Path Management

Vent Enter Isolation Search Thermal Imagery Here is another video from our Greensboro Flow Path Management Training Experience course. Scenario: 2-story 5 Bedroom residence w/single bedroom fire on 2nd floor Div.C Adjacent bedroom doors down the hallway initentionally left opened. Fireifghter asccends a 35′ ground ladder, breaches Div. C 2nd floor bedroom window next to
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STOP BELIEVING – START KNOWING YOUTUBE CHANNEL

STOP BELIEVING – START KNOWING YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Check out a great YouTube Channel and numerous modern fire behaviors posted by UL FSRI member Sean Gray here.  GREAT STUFF SEAN! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpd8RazpNB_Gpm3GPWp6q9w?src_vid=ZSEGdH8lEJQ&feature=iv&annotation_id=channel%3A54771232-0000-2e9b-8913-001a11c17db2