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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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Maintaining an Aggressive Culture with Science in Mind by Keith Stakes

Original Post found at: http://chicagofirewire.com/maintaining-aggressive-culture-science-mind/ Research on modern fire dynamics and different fire ground tactics is a hot topic throughout the fire service for a multitude of reasons. Traditional cultures being at the forefront. Many folks in the fire service today, whether your tenure is on the order of 5 or 25 years, have known nothing
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YOU BE THE COMPANY OFFICER….

YOU BE THE COMPANY OFFICER….

What’s your thoughts on the tactics involved here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRJE7snUO_Q&sns=em

THE MONKEY THEORY – IS THIS WHY PEOPLE FIGHT THE CONCEPT OF MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR?

THE MONKEY THEORY – IS THIS WHY PEOPLE FIGHT THE CONCEPT OF MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR?

Thanks to Sean Gray for showing this video in his webcast – Attack from the Burned Side available at: http://www.fireengineering.com/webcasts/2015/02/attack-from-the-burned-side.html

PORTABLE SMOKE BLOCKER CURTAIN VIDEO – A SOLUTION FOR DOOR CONTROL!

PORTABLE SMOKE BLOCKER CURTAIN VIDEO – A SOLUTION FOR DOOR CONTROL!

The portable smoke blocker prevents the spread of smoke and heat in not affected areas of burning buildings. It can be fast installed into a door or entrance opening. The fire fighters can enter the room behind for their operations without the spread of smoke and heat in the building. Escape routes for the residents
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2 LODD ANNIVERSARY WITH FIRE BEHAVIOR CONNECTIONS

2 LODD ANNIVERSARY WITH FIRE BEHAVIOR CONNECTIONS

REMEMBERING THE PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF FIRE & HOUSTON FD VALENTINES DAY LODD’S PITTSBURGH, PA: Shortly after midnight on February 14, 1995, 20 years ago today, 3 Pittsburgh Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty in a single family dwelling fire after a building collapse. Captain Thomas Brooks, Firefighter Patricia Conroy and Firefighter Marc Kolenda
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SLICERS Approach to Hoarder Fires

SLICERS Approach to Hoarder Fires

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/training-0/slicers-approach-hoarder-fires When science meets the fire service there are many benefits provided to the people making the street level decisions on how to attack fires. With the recent release of the S.L.I.C.E.R.S. acronym for tactical decision making we are more informed than ever. How we choose to apply this ground breaking research
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Thermal Imagers Should Have Permanent Real Estate On Your Coat by Chad Menard

Thermal Imagers Should Have Permanent Real Estate On Your Coat by Chad Menard

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A612741 Firefighters are taught numerous things in their careers. This learning process begins on day one of their career, regardless of paid or volunteer, and the learning process never stops. The fire service is an ever changing environment, not just the fire scene, but the service itself. We have a lot of
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TRANSITIONAL ATTACK GARAGE FIRE VIDEO FROM www.FlowPathManagement.com

TRANSITIONAL ATTACK GARAGE FIRE VIDEO FROM www.FlowPathManagement.com

This is a great video showing the effectiveness of the Transitional (Reset) Fire Attack made on a garage fire with a heavy fuel load extending rapidly into the living space of a residence. If a garage door does not have windows consider breaking out panels rather than cutting triangles. This provides a larger area for
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IF YOUR GONNA PENCIL

IF YOUR GONNA PENCIL

Chief Dave Rhodes hit the nail on the head with this one!