“Authors Sean Gray and P.J. Norwood’s book “The Evolving Fireground, Researched-Based Tactics” is a breath of fresh air for firefighters and the like that appreciate an educational trade book that’s current, an easy read, easily understood, and provides comprehensive fact based content regarding the latest fire science studies in modern fire dynamics and modern fire tactics.
Both Sean and P.J. have remained students of the fire service, despite their knowledge, experience, and professional achievements as fire officers and instructors. Like many firefighters, they have a thirst to know and understand today’s fire science and how to effectively apply it to today’s complex and evolving fire ground environments.
The same tactics the fire service has been operating under for decades have gone unchanged and are thought by many to be tried and true, but they were created at a different time for buildings and contents made from natural materials, and for a different kind of fire. It’s become increasingly clear that technology is changing the dynamics of the fire ground and firefighters need to consider an updated tactical playbook that includes modern tactics to mitigate modern fires.
Today’s buildings are constructed with lightweight engineered materials that include composites, synthetics, have less mass, more open floor plans and open voids, and increasingly reduced structural integrity under fire conditions. Building contents consist primarily of synthetics, which have a higher rate of heat release and cause fires to reach flashover more quickly, often becoming ventilation limited and starved for air by the time firefighters arrive on scene. Modern day fires are not like yesterday’s legacy fires, and legacy tactics are becoming less effective for today’s fires.
“The Evolving Fireground” educates in nine specific areas from Fire Behavior, Ventilation, Fire Attack, to Search and Rescue, Command, Modern Building Construction, and more. The value of learning from others is captured through case studies and by applying the evidence based information toward more effective, efficient, and safer fire operations. The book clarifies what some may believe, and confirms what is now known. It discusses technology changes that are influencing our fires and offers proven tactical options that broaden our knowledge base and offers more tactical choices to combat today’s fires like smart aggressive firefighters.
This book provides explanations and offers insight and options for the reader’s consideration, without disregarding what they know and the options some continue to believe are tried and true. The choices are still yours, but now you can make a more informed and educated decision on what tactics to use for the fire you’re on.
“The Evolving Fireground” is an investment in your training and in yourself, and is timely and relevant to today’s modern fire ground. Buy the book, you won’t be disappointed.”
Nick J. Salameh
NICK J. SALAMEH is a 36 year veteran of the fire service. He was a Fire/Emergency Medical Services Captain II and previous Training Program Manager for the Arlington County (VA) Fire Department, with which he served 31 years. He is a former Chair of the Northern Virginia Fire Departments Training Committee. Nick is a contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine www.fireengineering.com and Stop Believing Start Knowing (SBSK), https://www.facebook.com/StopBelievingStartKnowing/.