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Palatine Rural, Palatine, Rolling Meadows Fire Departments (RPM) Form Unified Fireground Response

Palatine Rural, Palatine, Rolling Meadows Fire Departments (RPM) Form Unified Fireground Response

A building fire may seem like a chaotic situation, and in many ways it is. But fire is actually fairly predictable in consistent conditions. It’s the unexpected or unknown that can mess up fire command’s predictions of fire behavior. The dangerous aspects of fire are the real world variable factors that follow … [1] Building
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INITIAL FIRE GROWTH THERMALS BY JOE STARNES

INITIAL FIRE GROWTH THERMALS BY JOE STARNES

Fire‬ as a piece of furniture fire grows, a thermal updraft column on each side is created forcing the new oxygen to enter the combustion from the low area of the fire. The thermal column travels to the ceiling and transfers to the outside of these two columns by turbulence and mushrooming of the gases
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Firefighter Training Drill: Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search (VEIS)

Firefighter Training Drill: Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search (VEIS)

Post courtesy of Traditions Training and Fire Engineering – http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/07/firefighter-training-drill-vent-enter-isolate-search-veis.html 07/18/2014 Drill by Kyle Stephens EVD, Baltimore City Fire Department Assistant Chief, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Instructor, Traditions Training LLC. This drill focuses on a particular tactic that involves venting a room or area of a dwelling, entering the search area, and performing a
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Controlling the Door – Courtesy of www.FlowPathManagement.com

Controlling the Door – Courtesy of www.FlowPathManagement.com

The fire service must understand the more ventilation provided to a fire the greater the heat release rate and energy production becomes resulting in intensification of the fire. Firefighters arriving at the commercial building fire in my city yesterday found a working fire in the rear of the business. Do you think the firefighters chocked
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PUSH FOR SPRINKLERS IN KANSAS DUE TO MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

PUSH FOR SPRINKLERS IN KANSAS DUE TO MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

House fires injure or kill thousands of Americans every year and now they are more likely to burn faster than ever.  A new report found fires spread more quickly in newer homes and homes with newer products and materials – giving people less time to escape. “We live in homes that are filled with things
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FIRE ENGINEERING FIRE DYNAMICS WEBPAGE

FIRE ENGINEERING FIRE DYNAMICS WEBPAGE

Welcome to the Fire Engineering Fire Dynamics topic center, the industry’s most trusted resource for information on fire behavior, dynamic fire events, and the latest fire-related research. Recognizing these events is critical to successful firefighting operations and here firefighters will find what they need to know regarding best practices, personal protective equipment, and the latest
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WHAT HAPPENS IN MILWAUKEE – WON’T STAY IN MILWAUKEE

WHAT HAPPENS IN MILWAUKEE – WON’T STAY IN MILWAUKEE

What happens in Milwaukee…definitely will not stay in Milwaukee. Results from a firefighting study occurring in Milwaukee will be shared nationwide. FOX6 News first told you about this research effort last Thursday, July 3rd. On Tuesday, July 8th — firefighters set another fire — a controlled burn, that may deliver significant data. Here’s the scenario:
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A GREAT DAY IN THE FIRE SERVICE – MAJOR TESTS IN PA AND WI

A GREAT DAY IN THE FIRE SERVICE – MAJOR TESTS IN PA AND WI

Today was a great day for the fire service and fire service research.  NIST was doing walkout basement fire tests today at the Delaware County, PA Fire Academy and UL FSRI was completing their attic fire tests today in Milwaukee, WI.  Here are some photos from the burns.  We can’t wait to see the data
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GOING INTERIOR? KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED UNTIL YOU MAKE THE PUSH

GOING INTERIOR? KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED UNTIL YOU MAKE THE PUSH

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672:BlogPost:598376&xg_source=shorten_twitter While there has been much discussion about interior stream vs. exterior or transitional vs. interior fire attack. This short post isn’t about rather you should or shouldn’t. To me there is a time and place for both. However if you decide to make the push interior, door control is essential
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RON HAZELTON: FIRES IN NEWER HOMES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS

RON HAZELTON: FIRES IN NEWER HOMES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS

Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton talks about why fires in newer homes can be more dangerous than fires in older homes. Ron also speaks about how fire sprinklers can prevent flashover and deadly smoke from spreading. Ron is a spokesperson for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a free online resource for information and materials about
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Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

ORIGINAL STORY AT: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/strategy-and-tactics/using-smoke-curtains-multi-story-buildings The most important task for firefighters is to save lives. In the case of fires in multi-story residential buildings, this objective can be best achieved by using the stairways as the preferred route of attack. This method of entering a multi-story dwelling ensures that the most important escape route for the
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Using Alternative Attack Devices for Concealed-Space Firefighting

Using Alternative Attack Devices for Concealed-Space Firefighting

Original Post: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/using-alternative-attack-devices-concealed-space-firefighting There has been a great deal of discussion in the fire service about the challenges and hazards of responding to fires involving buildings of “new” or “modern” lightweight construction. At the same time, there are millions of “old”-style construction buildings out there that we need to remain prepared to respond to as
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ATTIC FIRE/KNEE WALL TEST BURNS IN MILWAUKEE, WI

ATTIC FIRE/KNEE WALL TEST BURNS IN MILWAUKEE, WI

A burning home becomes a teaching moment for Milwaukee Firefighters. They intentional set this fast moving attic fire to learn how to better protect firefighters. From the outside, black smoke and flames shooting from a window don’t tell whole story. But firefighters are now to go inside the hot zone and watch strategically placed cameras
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A RARE VIEW OF ACTUAL FIRE DEVELOPMENT – FATAL NJ MOTEL FIRE

A RARE VIEW OF ACTUAL FIRE DEVELOPMENT – FATAL NJ MOTEL FIRE

This is something that we will probably see more and more of as video and security cameras are pretty much everywhere these days. This one is well worth it to show to: -Fire Students-yep -Citizens-yep -Firefighters-yep -Elected Officials/City Hall Dwellers-yep -Anti-Sprinkler Peoples-Definitely This fire killed 4 people at a Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) motel in
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ANOTHER HITTING HARD FROM THE YARD SUCCESS STORY

ANOTHER HITTING HARD FROM THE YARD SUCCESS STORY

Original Post Found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A598250 By Ron Kanterman-July 2014 Some of you have heard that for some reason when you get to the third time of anything, it’s a charm. It’s true. As a boss, I’ve been blessed throughout the years with being around good and great firefighters. Being the Chief at Merck in New
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Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Construction: A Research Report

Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Construction: A Research Report

In the commercial building industry, many combustible materials are used in exterior wall construction to improve energy performance, reduce water and air filtration and allow for aesthetic design flexibility. These exterior wall assemblies include Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), metal composite claddings, high-pressure laminates, and weather-resistive barriers (WRB). Given a number of documented fire incidents
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT CONTROL THE FLOW PATH

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT CONTROL THE FLOW PATH

A newly released video out this week of more helmet cam footage. This is a great learning tool. Too bad some departments don’t take advantage of using technology to learn how to improve our operations. I like this video particularly because it verifies what the flow path movement has been saying for years. Fast Water
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PENN FIRE (IN) TEAMS WITH NIPSTA (IL) TO CONDUCT INSTRUCTOR FLOW PATH RESEARCH BURNS

PENN FIRE (IN) TEAMS WITH NIPSTA (IL) TO CONDUCT INSTRUCTOR FLOW PATH RESEARCH BURNS

Penn Fire teamed up with instructors from NIPSTA (Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) to conduct some flow path research training burns at the Penn Fire Training Facility on Apple Rd.  The purpose of burns was to prepare NIPSTA instructors for a new prop they will be using for their October Multi-Company Drills.  Instructors tried
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UL FSRI Conducting Field Experiments in Partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department

UL FSRI Conducting Field Experiments in Partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department

The final series of experiments that are part of the Study of Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety will be conducted June 30th – July 9th.   Experiments will be conducted in 3 acquired structures that are marked for demolition in partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department. 
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JEFFERSON CO MO – PPA TRAINING

JEFFERSON CO MO – PPA TRAINING

March 25, 2014 kicked off the first day of a nine-day training program, put on by The Jefferson County Fire & Rescue Training Academy. The 2014 1st Quarter Training Positive Pressure Fire Attack provided firefighters with a unique hands-on introduction to positive pressure fire attack (PPA) strategies and tactics. Training kicked off with an introductory
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WIND DRIVEN FIRE EXPERIMENT – PULSING FIRE

WIND DRIVEN FIRE EXPERIMENT – PULSING FIRE

A video of some of the most interesting fire behavior we have ever seen. This was captured during the wind driven fire experiments conducted on Governors Island in February 2008. You can see the pressure “tug-of-war” as the wind blows at and across the fire apartment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-NHrXBM56M&feature=youtu.be. For more information on the experiments visit http://www.nist.gov/fire/wdf.cfm

VEIS – THE I ISN’T SILENT

VEIS – THE I ISN’T SILENT

Original Post at: http://www.safefirefighter.com/2014/06/26/veis-the-i-isnt-silent/ Despite many modern challenges in today’s fire service, saving lives is still our #1 priority. Modern fuel loads have changed fire behavior and survivability inside structure fires. This requires us to THINK before we act (surprisingly difficult sometimes).  “Traditional” tactics and previous experience can be a double-edged sword.  Traditional tactics may
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NEW WEBSITE – www.GlobalFireResearch.com

NEW WEBSITE – www.GlobalFireResearch.com

A new website has launched in the Modern Fire Behavior Area called GLOBALFIRERESEARCH.com.  It is meant to be the worldwide library of fire knowledge. Check it out. www.GlobalFireResearch.com

EVOLUTION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF INTERIOR FIREFIGHTING – BY KARL LAMBERT

EVOLUTION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF INTERIOR FIREFIGHTING – BY KARL LAMBERT

Most of us followed the basic firefighter course years ago. For some this may even be decades ago. Since that time, say the 80’s, society has gone through a major transition. Some bought their first car back in those days. If we would look at that first car and compare it with the new cars
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NIOSH STUDY: Systemic Exposure to PAHs and Benzene in Firefighters Suppressing Controlled Structure Fires

NIOSH STUDY: Systemic Exposure to PAHs and Benzene in Firefighters Suppressing Controlled Structure Fires

Turnout gear provides protection against dermal exposure to contaminants during firefighting; however, the level of protection is unknown. We explored the dermal contribution to the systemic dose of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other aromatic hydrocarbons in firefighters during suppression and overhaul of controlled structure burns. The study was organized into two rounds, three controlled
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FIRE GROWTH – SPEED IS CRITICAL

FIRE GROWTH – SPEED IS CRITICAL

Original Post found at: https://m.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152247025958261&id=45892463260 KTF – Fire growth in a compartment with the smoke filling the hallway (storage). Fire growth (this example) is limited to the Oxygen in the connected compartments, notice how the over pressure causes the churn, out flow from the room churn and supporting suppling O2 coming in at the bottom
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WHAT THE SPARTANBURG BURNS REALLY MEAN

WHAT THE SPARTANBURG BURNS REALLY MEAN

ORIGINAL POST: http://www.firefighterbasics.com/2014/06/17/what-the-spartanburg-burns-really-mean I will admit when the Spartanburg burns first started my first thought were they were trying to create and ” Outstanding ” Fire Service and I don’t mean Striving for Excellence. I felt as if there was a group of people trying to reinvent the fire service and make themselves the New
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