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Police Officer Forces Door Before Fire Department Arrival

Police Officer Forces Door Before Fire Department Arrival

Does you local police force get training on fire dynamics and flow paths?  After seeing this video, it may be a good idea that police maybe get a class on “do’s and don’t” if they are first on scene.  Can you tell when in the video the officer forces the door?

TICs and Engine Operations by Dave Gallagher

TICs and Engine Operations by Dave Gallagher

To Read the full post visit: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/tics-and-engine-operations While I hope to offer some thoughts on integrating a thermal imaging camera (TIC) into your engine operations, there is a litany of information to be learned about thermal imaging, including what it is and what it is not. You truly owe it to yourself and your members to
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A modern issue in a legacy residence……Venting The Stairway Landing Window

A modern issue in a legacy residence……Venting The Stairway Landing Window

Original Post by Joe Pronesti found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A616729 When I became a firefighter twenty-seven years ago my father who spent thirty years on the job in the same town offered me a bit of advice when fighting fires in our town’s residential structures, when fighting an upper floor or attic fire a good engine company making the advance
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TRANSITIONAL ATTACK MENTIONED IN NEWS STORY

Village of Hartland – Several area fire departments responded Sunday night, May 17, to a structure fire inside the garage of a home at 915 Manchester Court in the village of Hartland. Interim Fire Chief Dave Dean said the call came in to his department at 5:56 p.m. and that the fire appeared to originate
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KILL THE FLASHOVER NEWS STORY

KILL THE FLASHOVER NEWS STORY

Firefighters from around the country are training in a controlled fire situation in Cleveland County on Tuesday afternoon. The training and research project focuses on training firefighters how to stay safe during a fire. Firefighters will learn different tactics through a series of live burns. Cameras will be linked up inside the burning structures to
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THOUGHT LEADER BY ERICH RODEN

THOUGHT LEADER BY ERICH RODEN

Original Post at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/profile/thought-leader It was 2006, and I remember looking out of the 14th floor of a Robert Taylor Homes project building at many of Chicago’s landmark, iconic buildings. I was with a few Chicago firefighters who were serving as impromptu tour guides as we scanned the geography and architecture of Chicago’s surrounding neighborhoods and
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NFPA Seeks Fire Dynamics Input

NFPA Seeks Fire Dynamics Input

At its April 2015 meeting, the Council reviewed the request of Richard Dyer, Kansas City, Missouri, that NFPA establish a new project to develop an NFPA Standard on fire control of structures based upon fire dynamics. Submit Public Comments After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to solicit public comments of
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SMOKE EXPLOSION AT CT FIRE

SMOKE EXPLOSION AT CT FIRE

Thick smoke and violent explosions, possibly from ignited gasoline, forced two adults and a baby from their Waterbury home Thursday night, according to police and officials with the Red Cross. “I noticed the smoke. I dialed 911, and shortly after that, we heard two, three explosions. And after that it just went up in flames,” said
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Hump Day SOS Don’t Open That Nozzle U’L Kill Everyone!

Hump Day SOS Don’t Open That Nozzle U’L Kill Everyone!

Original Post at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A615654  From the time I was cutting my teeth in recruit training, circa 1985, I was told NEVER to flow water from the outside of a structure because, “You will steam everyone to death!” I had no reason not to believe what I was told. The lessons included that I must always attack
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Modern Fire Behavior and SLICE-RS recommended in NIOSH LODD Report

Modern Fire Behavior and SLICE-RS recommended in NIOSH LODD Report

A draft of the federal report that details the January, 2014, fire that killed two Toledo firefighters concludes numerous factors contributed to their deaths.The 46-page report on the deaths of Pvts. Stephen Machcinski and James “Jamie” Dickman was compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and took more than a year to
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ADDING A PUNCH TO FIRE ATTACK – ENHANCED WATER STREAMS

ADDING A PUNCH TO FIRE ATTACK – ENHANCED WATER STREAMS

ORIGINAL POST FOUND AT: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12062594/adding-a-punch-to-fire-attack-enhanced-water-systems Imagine water on steroids. That’s what Enhanced Water Streams (EWS) are like. Achieved by placing an additive into the water that we use to extinguish fire, EWS is basically water with a concentrate added into it. It can also have an enhanced delivery system, such as: Class A Foams Concentrates Compressed
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Researchers Create National Hose Burn-Through Database

Researchers Create National Hose Burn-Through Database

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/researchers-create-national-hose-burn-through-database As part of a larger research effort focused on the design and development of a next-generation fire attack hose, a team of faculty members and students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has launched a fire department survey and associated online database to gather and document information on actual hose burn-through incidents
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Refocusing the Truck Company’s Priorities and Operations

Refocusing the Truck Company’s Priorities and Operations

Original post found at: http://www.firehouse.com/article/12062281/firefighter-training-refocusing-ladder-operations-based-on-fire-behavior-research If we look at the increasing discourse in the U.S. fire service regarding fire science and dynamics, more and more departments should consider changing their tactics based on the practical application of concepts, such as flow path management (controlling the air) and the use of “transitional” attacks. This may mean holding
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IMPORTANCE OF THE NEUTRAL PLANE

IMPORTANCE OF THE NEUTRAL PLANE

As a structure fire becomes ventilation limited it can often hide the fires location from the exterior. Understanding the concept of a neutral plane can aid in determining the floor the fire is located on. The neutral plane marks the level in a structure fire where below it air will be drawn into the structure
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WILL THE FIRE SERVICE COURT-MARTIAL OUR “BILLY MITCHELLS”?

WILL THE FIRE SERVICE COURT-MARTIAL OUR “BILLY MITCHELLS”?

Original post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2015/04/will-the-fire-service-court-martial-our-billy-mitchells.html?sponsored=techzone So, who is Billy Mitchell? As some of you may know, Mitchell was a military leader who served in WW I, eventually leading the air branch of the United States Army in Europe. You may have even heard of the WW II B-25 “Mitchell” Bomber. As the only bomber aircraft to
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AND YET IT MOVES BY MICK MAYERS

AND YET IT MOVES BY MICK MAYERS

Original post found at: One group hails it as proof of the science.  The other, the “pussification” of the fire service.  There are those who say, “This isn’t new stuff, we were taught this years ago.”  Others say, “This is cutting edge knowledge.”  It seems that there are as many who want to assail the
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Fire Dynamics of Multi-Room Compartment Fires

Fire Dynamics of Multi-Room Compartment Fires

The effects of a compartment fire on a real fire ground is seldom isolated to a single room. In Sweden, for example, over one-third of fire fatalities in apartments are in a room other than the origin room, but in the same apartment (Johansson, 2015). Still, much of the scientific testing and modeling of compartment
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UL Fire Researchers Test Use of Fans to Control Blazes

UL Fire Researchers Test Use of Fans to Control Blazes

Inside a building on UL’s Northbrook campus, two full-scale house structures were built and furnished. Each home was equipped with cameras, wires and sensors, all placed in order to collect as much data as possible as UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) researchers set and extinguished multiple fires all in the name of science. Researchers built these
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KILL THE FLASHOVER 2015 REGISTRATION

KILL THE FLASHOVER 2015 REGISTRATION

Register today!  No registration fee for KTF for the burn viewings. NC will charge an additional $70 for out of state students.   We need to know if you are planning to attend.  Thanks and we will see you there! Note: only staffers will need PPE, SCBA is provided by Scott, if you are applying
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TACTICAL TUESDAY FROM UL FSRI

TACTICAL TUESDAY FROM UL FSRI

Tactical Tuesday this week looks at attic fires. Did you know, over 60% of the fuel surface area in a residential attic is the underside of the sheathing material. Limiting the involvement of the sheathing was found to be the best way to knock down an attic fire while preventing further spread. The construction of
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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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