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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

DALLAS FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN SMOKE EXPLOSION

Check out the video here from Fox4News.

Simulation of an Attic Fire in a Wood Frame Residential Structure – Chicago, IL

Simulation of an Attic Fire in a Wood Frame Residential Structure – Chicago, IL

The Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) fire model, which is developed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was used to provide insight into the dynamics of a fire that occurred on November 2, 2012, within a 2 1⁄2 story, single family structure in Chicago, IL, that resulted in the death of
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MASTER STREAM APPLICATIONS AND THE MODERN FIRE ENVIROMENT

MASTER STREAM APPLICATIONS AND THE MODERN FIRE ENVIROMENT

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: 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 of
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FIRE HOSE FAILURE UNCOVERED

FIRE HOSE FAILURE UNCOVERED

A leading fire safety researcher is sounding the alarm over faulty fire hoses, warning that the popular lightweight version — similar to the one that burned in a Beacon Street blaze that killed two Boston firefighters — are failing nationwide. “This is a problem that has just bubbled to the surface. It’s a tsunami,” said
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THERMAL IMAGING SIZE-UP BY MIKE RICHARDSON

THERMAL IMAGING SIZE-UP BY MIKE RICHARDSON

ORIGINAL POST AT: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/strategy-and-tactics/thermal-imaging-size Over the last three to five years, the fire service has been very fortunate to see a large number of new research projects brought about by a number of agencies such as NIST and UL. This research has challenged many established fire service standards and has brought to light a considerable
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Fire Behavior, Flashover – Lewisville, TX Training

Fire Behavior, Flashover – Lewisville, TX Training

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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THE NOTHING SHOWING DEBATE FROM – PASSITONFIRETRAINING.COM

THE NOTHING SHOWING DEBATE FROM – PASSITONFIRETRAINING.COM

Amongst the debates in the Fire Service, one sticks out to me the most, the Nothing Showing Debate. There are some out there that suggest we get rid of the term “Nothing Showing” from our Brief Initial Report (BIR). I personally believe we should NOT eliminate this term. We should say what side of the
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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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