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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!

DO YOU HAVE PINK FOAM BOARD IN YOUR FIRST DUE?

DO YOU HAVE PINK FOAM BOARD IN YOUR FIRST DUE?

Watch this – the video says it all

The MAXFIREBOX Training Tool for Modern Fire Behavior

The MAXFIREBOX Training Tool for Modern Fire Behavior

“Providing a cost effective fire and smoke behavior prop that allows current and future firefighters the ability to recognize rapid fire events in a controlled environment.” This remarkable one of a kind live fire training prop allows current and future firefighters the opportunity to witness rapid fire and smoke behavior events in a controlled environment.
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TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM BY P.J. NORWOOD AND SEAN M. GRAY

TACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM BY P.J. NORWOOD AND SEAN M. GRAY

Original Post found at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-168/issue-1/features/tactical-considerations-for-spray-polyurethane-foam.html The building industry is always looking to reduce costs and offer the homeowner a higher level of product satisfaction. Some define this as reduced cost or the use of materials that increase the home’s R-value or thermal resistance. Some materials are engineered to allow for greater unsupported spans to meet the
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Tired of the Fire Service Debate? by Andy Starnes

Tired of the Fire Service Debate? by Andy Starnes

Original post found at: http://bringingbackbrotherhood.org/tired-of-the-fire-service-debate/ In the fire service today, it is alive and vibrant with positive change and learning. As a lifelong student of the fire service I limit my remarks on the many debates and only serve as an arbiter. I myself have become weary of those who wish to build up their agenda
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Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control – Part 4 Taking It To The Streets by PJ Norwood

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control – Part 4 Taking It To The Streets by PJ Norwood

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672:BlogPost:612429 This multi-part blog series has focused on the ventilation issues that occur on our fireground and their impact on the tactical assignments. We have discussed when doors and windows fail and the devastating impact a failure can have on companies operating inside that environment. In this last part, I want to
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NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire

NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal 2011 blaze in a San Francisco hillside home. The fire in the multi-story, single-family dwelling claimed the lives of two firefighters. The analysis, conducted using NIST’s Fire
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Understanding, Anticipating and Avoiding Flashover by Ed Hartin

Understanding, Anticipating and Avoiding Flashover by Ed Hartin

Original post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/understanding-anticipating-avoiding-flashover It goes without saying: Firefighting is dangerous work. Responding, for example, to a compartment fire, firefighters are faced with dynamic, rapidly changing conditions that present a significant threat to building occupants and firefighters alike. We often make rapid strategic and tactical decisions based on our experiences and expectations of how the
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EINSTEIN, HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS? By Billy Goldfeder

EINSTEIN, HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS? By Billy Goldfeder

This morning in Homestead PA and earlier this week in Edgewater, NJ-huge fires kept Firefighters busy. Amongst those incidents, there have been some commentaries that if those fire departments had career Firefighters, the fires might have not gotten so large. Huh? The light weight wood truss non-sprinklered building had nothing to do with it? Hmmm.
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UL RESEARCH FEATURED ON ABC7

UL RESEARCH FEATURED ON ABC7

The ABC 7 I-Team looked into a cutting-edge experiment that could save the lives of firefighters and homeowners. The American Red Cross says that only one out of every 10 households is prepared for the worst, and has a fire escape plan. New global research is being done locally that can help firefighters save homes,
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A New Acronym to consider-UL (Universally Linking)

A New Acronym to consider-UL (Universally Linking)

Posted by Joseph Pronesti on January 20, 2015 at 7:09pm What does a two year firefighter and group of firefighters from the Netherlands have in common? No it’s not a joke but a great example of what Steve Kerber from UL along with Dan Madrzykowski from NIST have really done with the research data disseminated
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My Take Away From 2014 by Jason Hoevelmann

My Take Away From 2014 by Jason Hoevelmann

Original Post found at: http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672:BlogPost:611429 Since the end of 2014, I have been reading and listening to year end thoughts and data related to the fire service. There has been discussion on types of calls, near misses and, of course, line of duty deaths. Numbers are broken down and categorized for each type of injury or
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