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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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HOUSTON CLOSE CALL – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR OR FIREFIGHTER INSANITY?

HOUSTON CLOSE CALL – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR OR FIREFIGHTER INSANITY?

Houston firefighters battled a house fire on Garden St. near Fir Street in southeast Houston on Friday. No one was hurt, but there was a close call for one firefighter who briefly became trapped inside the front door.  Other fire fighters quickly pulled him to safety and no one was not injured. The firefighters was badly
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Influence of Roof Opening on Gas Temperature Rise in an Enclosure

Influence of Roof Opening on Gas Temperature Rise in an Enclosure

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://www.globalfireresearch.com/reports/research/influence-of-roof-opening-on-gas-temperature-rise-in-an-enclosure?utm_source=Global+Fire+Research+Report+Subscription&utm_campaign=c58a12f891-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b996d3573a-c58a12f891-169899589#.VDWNxBY4KH1 There has been much research and attention recently aimed at better understanding the effects of ventilation on fire behavior. This is especially important to firefighters operating inside an enclosure when the ventilation is occurring. Understanding the effects of ventilation can help to better coordinate operations and avoid hazardous conditions such
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Master Stream Applications

Master Stream Applications

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/10/master-stream-applications.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyOctober72014 By Frank Ricci, Sean Gray, P.J. Norwood, Chris Pepler, Howard Blthye, Brandon DeMars, Jay Balletto, Anthony Avillo This covers the main conversation from a recent episode of the radio show “Politics & Tactics.” With the new focus on science in the fire service, we would like to start the conversation
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Faster Fires: Why Your Home Could Burn 8x Faster

Faster Fires: Why Your Home Could Burn 8x Faster

You now only have about 3 minutes after the fire alarm goes off, to get out of your home safely. That time has dramatically dropped over the years — it used to be 17 minutes. These large open boxes were set up for the I-Team by the Alsip Fire Department. The one on the right
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Analysis of Influencing Factors on Flashover in the Long-Narrow Confined Space

Analysis of Influencing Factors on Flashover in the Long-Narrow Confined Space

Much work has been done to investigate and better understand flashovers. However, these flashover theories generally do not apply to long and narrow confined spaces such as tunnels or other corridors. There are differences in the fire growth process between long-narrow spaces and typical enclosures. For instance, in long, narrow spaces, the combustion products are
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NIPSTA IN GLENVIEW, IL TEACHES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

NIPSTA IN GLENVIEW, IL TEACHES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

Thanks to Tim Olk for these photos of the NIPSTA (Northern IL Public Safety Training Academy) live burn prop that focuses on teaching Modern Fire Behavior in a live environment. Over 600 firefighters have been attending the burns over a 3 week period from MABAS Division 3.  The instructors have done a fantastic job of
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VA BEACH – LESSONS LEARNED VIDEO

VA BEACH – LESSONS LEARNED VIDEO

This video documents the lessons learned during a close call experienced by members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department at a residential house fire that resulted in two civilian fatalities and injuries to four Firefighters. For questions or comments please e-mail us at VBFire@vbgov.com. Video production by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.

New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters

New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters

In a ceremony today at the Engine 33/Ladder 15 Firehouse in Boston’s Back Bay, the Last Call Foundation announced that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will receive its initial grant. The grant will fund an effort contributing to the development of a fireproof attack hose and is a direct display of the foundation’s commitment to supporting
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6 WORDS THAT HOLD THE FIRE SERVICE HOSTAGE BY CHIEF KEVIN SCHULZ

6 WORDS THAT HOLD THE FIRE SERVICE HOSTAGE BY CHIEF KEVIN SCHULZ

Six words that hold the fire service hostage Article by: Kevin Schulz It doesn’t matter what kind of fire department you belong to, career, part-time, combination, volunteer or industrial we’re all here to do the same job and more importantly we’re all professional firefighters. That being said there seems to be a common thread that follows
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Fire Research: Does Your Toolbox Have All the Proper Tools

Fire Research: Does Your Toolbox Have All the Proper Tools

Original Post at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/11610169/lessons-from-nist-ul-fire-studies-for-your-firefighting-toolbox In a recent magazine editorial my friend Tim Sendelbach made one of the most reasonable statements that I have seen in a long time.  He was writing about the results of the research projects which have been conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Training (NIST). In particular he was writing
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Fire Behavior, Flashover Lewisville (TX) Fire Department hosts a fire behavior class for investigators

Fire Behavior, Flashover Lewisville (TX) Fire Department hosts a fire behavior class for investigators

Lewsiville Fire Department – In May of 2014, LFD along with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office hosted a “Learn to Burn” class for arson investigators. This video demonstrates fire growth and development from the incipient stage through flashover during one of the classes using one of our burn pods built by the department. Included
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Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

Rescue: Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?xg_source=activity&id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A603197 It’s an age old question that is still debated by firefighters to this day, and often quite vigorously. When responding to an occupied residential structure fire, do you immediately go for the rescue to remove the victims or do you attack the fire? Many firefighters would say that you should
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Defining the Difference Between Backdraft and Smoke Explosions

Defining the Difference Between Backdraft and Smoke Explosions

While backdraft events continue to pose a serious danger to firefighters, the events are still poorly understood. During a backdraft, oxygen is introduced through a sudden opening in the compartment and the accumulated products of incomplete combustion ignite in a rapidly developing fire. A similar phenomenon to a backdraft is a smoke explosion, during which
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Wind, fire & high-rises: firefighters & engineers conduct research to combat a lethal threat

Wind, fire & high-rises: firefighters & engineers conduct research to combat a lethal threat

When a fire breaks out, members of the fire service do whatever it takes to put out the blaze and usher the victims to safety. While they are highly trained professionals with state-of-the-art gear, one still wonders, “Who has their backs?” The answer: Engineers from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Since 2007, they
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CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT INCOPORATES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INFO SOGS

CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT INCOPORATES MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INFO SOGS

Take a look at how Cleveland Division of Fire incorporated firefighter research into their structure fire SOP. http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Member%20access/member%20sections/Metro%20Chiefs/2014%20Urban%20Fire%20Forum/CFDSOPFireStructure.pdf

LACoFD – INCORPORATING MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INTO SEARCH

LACoFD – INCORPORATING MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR INTO SEARCH

How LAcoFD incorporated research into their search and rescue training. This is the classroom material before the hands on component. Special thanks to Chief Osby and Chief of Training Alkonis and his team for sharing with the fire service so we can all get better. http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Member%20access/member%20sections/Metro%20Chiefs/2014%20Urban%20Fire%20Forum/LACoFDSearchRescue.pdf

URBAN FIRE FORUM – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR POSITION PAPER

URBAN FIRE FORUM – MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR POSITION PAPER

Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) in Quincy, Mass. September 4-7, 2014. Fire service leaders from the largest departments in the US, along with representatives of USFA, IAFC, IAFF and other prominent groups produced and endorsed a fire
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OTTAWA, CANADA TO HOST MULTI-NATIONAL GROUP TO RE-WRITE TACTICS

OTTAWA, CANADA TO HOST MULTI-NATIONAL GROUP TO RE-WRITE TACTICS

Ottawa Fire is set to lead a three-year multi-national ‘fire dynamics’ project that will help set the standards for how fire fighters fight blazes. The project will basically re-write the “how-to” hand book for fighting fires. “That is the intent, over this three-year journey of developing this curriculum is it gets implemented fairly quickly and
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Burning for Knowledge ATF Leads Research Burn

Burning for Knowledge ATF Leads Research Burn

On August 13, researchers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), along with personnel from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Marion County Arson Taskforce, and several local fire departments participated in a series of large-scale research burns west of Indianapolis. Four incomplete, uninhabited apartment units on South Bridgeport Road were
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Whiteboard Session – CFBT-International CFBT Instructors Course Level 1

Whiteboard Session – CFBT-International CFBT Instructors Course Level 1

The video is a lecture from the International Compartment Fire Behaviour Training Instructors Course Level 1 held in Sapjane, Croatia. Instructors were Shan Raffel and John McDonough from Australia Recorded 2011 10 31 Find more videos at www.firegear.co.uk

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION HAZARDS AT FIRE SCENES

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION HAZARDS AT FIRE SCENES

By Alan Perry August 30, 2014 Smoke is a complex and dangerous by-product of combustion presenting many dangers to firefighters and building occupants during and after a fire event. The most obvious concern is during the fire where super-heated gases loaded with toxins and asphyxiants can enter the airway & lungs causing immediate acute respiratory
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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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