Archive for August2009

Tactical Renaissance

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My most recent post that stated and advocated that fire suppression tactics must be adjusted for the rapidly changing methods and materials impacting all forms of building construction, occupancies and structures. The need to redefine the art and science of firefighting is nearly upon us. HERE A common theme has been evident here at FRI […]

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The traditional attitudes and beliefs of equating aggressive firefighting operations in all occupancy types coupled with correlating, established and pragmatic operational strategies and tactics MUST not only be questioned, they need to be adjusted and modified.. Risk assessment, risk-benefit analysis, safety and survivability profiling, operational value and firefighter injury and LODD reduction must be further […]

The Winds of Change, from the Floor of FRI

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Fire suppression tactics must be adjusted for the rapidly changing methods and materials impacting all forms of building construction, occupancies and structures. The need to redefine the art and science of firefighting is nearly upon us. Some things do stand the test of time, others need to adjust, evolve and change.Not for the sake of […]

The Job: Doing the Right Thing, At the Right Time, for the Right Reasons

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On Monday August 24th, two Buffalo (NY) Firefighters sustained injuries and died in the line-of-duty (LODD) during the conduct of operations at a two-story Type III (brick and joist) commercial occupancy in Buffalo, New York. The 911 call reported someone may be trapped inside the 1815 Genesee Street occupancy just before 4:00 hours. (more HERE […]

Predictability

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THE MODERN ENVIRONMENTThe built-environments that form and shape our response districts and communities pose unique challenges to the day-to-day responses of fire departments and their subsequent operations during combat structural fire engagement. With the variety of occupancies and building characteristics present, there are definable degrees of risk potential with recognizable strategic and tactical measures that […]

Structural Stability of Engineered Systems: What do you really know?

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I recently posed some questions related to Engineered Structural Assemblies & Systems (ESS) and asked if you knew what they represent and how these components, assemblies and systems may affect or influence incident operations. In addition, I asked you to do some research and check the terms that were presented for starters. OK, its examination […]

The Consciences Observer or Activist

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The Consciences Observer or Activist. SoÂ… the operative question today is this: What did you do on your last alarm response related to operational safety and enhanced situational awareness? Do you: participate in, contribute, join in, share, lead, promote, instruct, present, facilitate, help, assist, aid, or neglect, disregard, undermine, abuse, challenge, demoralize, undercut, damage, torpedo, […]

Fourteen Minutes to Mayday

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Fourteen Minutes to MaydayOn April 04, 2008, a 37-year-old female career captain and a 29-year-old male part-time fire fighter were fatally injured when a section of floor collapsed and trapped them in the basement during a fire at a residential structure. At 0611 hours, an automatic alarm dispatched the fire department. Dispatch upgraded the alarm […]

History Repeating Events: Waldbaum’s Fire FDNY August 2, 1978- SIX LODD

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31th Anniversary of the WaldbaumÂ’s Fire The WaldbaumÂ’s fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames. The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as crews were renovating the store, and quickly escalated to […]

Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) Tactics

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Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) TacticsImproving firefighter safety is an ongoing effort for the fire service. A series of fire experiments were conducted by the National Institute of Standards and TechnologyÂ’s (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory to better understand the effectiveness of using fans at different locations to reduce the temperature in stairwells, corridors, room […]

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