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Fighting More Than Fire: Firefighters Battling Cancer and Heart Attacks

Fighting More Than Fire: Firefighters Battling Cancer and Heart Attacks

Original post found at: http://ul.com/newsroom/featured/fighting-more-than-fire-firefighters-battling-cancer-and-heart-attacks/ Firefighters face a much higher risk of heart attacks when battling a blaze — up to 100 times the normal rate — and are more likely to be struck while performing less-strenuous tasks, like cleaning up debris from a fire. But heart attacks are not the only health threat plaguing firefighters — fire
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WHY ARE THERE NO FLAMES ABOVE THE NET?

WHY ARE THERE NO FLAMES ABOVE THE NET?

From our www.SwedishFireNerd.com friend Lars!

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

Using Smoke Curtains in Multi-Story Buildings

Original Post found 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 Air Track Management to Control Compartment Fires

Using Air Track Management to Control Compartment Fires

Original Post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighting-operations/using-air-track-management-control-compartment-fires Published Monday, February 28, 2011 | From the March 2011 Issue ofFireRescueDuring World War II, in the summer of 1944, Lloyd Layman, a visionary U.S. firefighter at the U.S. Coast Guard Fire Fighting School, first developed the concept behind the indirect firefighting technique. During a series of experimental fires involving 7,000 gallons of
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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXHAUST OPENING WHILE USING PPA

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXHAUST OPENING WHILE USING PPA

Thanks to Art Arnalich for this video! Having an appropiate exhaust is a MUST to perform a Positive Pressure Attack. Learn more about PPA: https://db.tt/WRa6sbbY (English) – https://db.tt/QXnYODaA (Spanish)

Kill The Flashover Using Air Intake

Kill The Flashover Using Air Intake

This video clearly demonstrates the effects on temperature that something as simple as closing a do can do. This footage was taken during the first Kill the Flashover burn held in Shelby, NC in 2011. For more information on Kill the Flashover see us at www.facebook.com/killtheflashover

FIRE PROTECTION RESEARCH FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) JOINTLY ANNOUNCE “RESEARCH ROADMAP FOR SMART FIRE FIGHTING” SUMMARY REPORT

The report establishes a baseline for incorporating emerging technologies and ‘big data’ into fire fighters’ and other first responders’ work, from pre- to post-incident June 18, 2015 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), the research affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly announced the release of “Research Roadmap for Smart
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3 MINUTE FIRE BEHAVIOR LESSON

From the Kill the Flashover Project

P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci: Ventilation-Limited Fire: Keeping it Rich and Other Tactics Based on Science

P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci: Ventilation-Limited Fire: Keeping it Rich and Other Tactics Based on Science

Original Post found at: http://www.fdic.com/articles/2015/06/p-j-norwood-and-frank-ricci-ventilation-limited-fire-keeping-it-rich-and-other-tactics-based-on-science.html By P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci Scientific research and data are critical to increasing our understanding of the dynamic environments we face as firefighters. However, it is important that the message does not get lost in the noise. While the fire service is attempting to reconcile the findings of the Underwriters Laboratories
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FLOW PATH REVERSAL BY PAUL GRIMWOOD

FLOW PATH REVERSAL BY PAUL GRIMWOOD

I met an old colleague (Rob) last night and we were talking over some of the fires we fought together in London some years back. There was one in particular I thought was worth sharing with you. It was an old five storey apartment building with a single stair, with apartments leading directly onto the
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TWO BOOKS EVERY FIREFIGHTER SHOULD READ

TWO BOOKS EVERY FIREFIGHTER SHOULD READ

Two books EVERY firefighter should read and here is link to them FREE! Free pdf copies of two very good and important books for anyone interested..https://www.msb.se/RibData/Filer/pdf/20782.pdf. https://www.msb.se/RibData/Filer/pdf/20879.pdf.

THERMAL IMAGING MODE CONFUSION

THERMAL IMAGING MODE CONFUSION

Firefighters need to be aware of when the camera switches modes and the color ranges associated with it. TIC’s have modes based upon sensitivity which are typically high, medium, and low. For example, one camera switches from high sense mode at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while another switches to low sense mode at anything over 200
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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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