Tactical Fire Problem – Boat Fire In A Marina

This week The Tactical Fire problem is a boat fire in a marina.

 

1.) What is the original report?

2.) In the absence of a fire boat or any marine capability, what is your action plan for suppression?

3.) What is the environmental impact of using foam in this scenario? Does that factor into your decision?

4.) What type and how much fuel can you expect to find on a large recreational boat?

5.) What additional safety precautions must be taken when operating on dock areas?

Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Garden Apartments

Join the panel on Sunday evening December 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM Eastern.

This week the panel reviews the construction features of Garden Apartments using a visual case history. We will offer tips on how to handle this high life hazard common occupancy

You can watch us live here or on YOUTUBE or firefightingtoday.com.

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What Is The Expiration Date On Your Training?

I am not sure there is one, but as each day moves along I believe that like a loaf or bread and a gallon of milk our training may have an expiration date.

I saw some stuff this week on social media and there was discussion that related to a major urban fire department and some techniques and tactics from the early 1980s. As I reviewed the document i read each line carefully and I began to wonder a couple of things: As a Chief and an IC would I use these tactics and techniques tomorrow?

As an instructor could I teach these techniques tomorrow to a small suburban department anywhere in the US and Canada. the answer in both cases was no. Then I thought back on my career and my initial training and I will admit I was taught these things, I had done these things and in fact as an instructor I had taught these things in the classroom and in acquired structures and live burns.

It gave me pause and I hope this post gives you pause also.

I think about some of the ridiculous (now) techniques I learned in Advanced First Aid and my first EMT class in the mid 1970s. I would be sued, beaten and arrested if I tried to perform those tactics today.

You see we do not do EMS like that anymore. (Thankfully)

I started to think about all facets of my training. The first DOT guidebook I used said to evacuate about 1500 feet from a burning propane tank. Now that distance is over a half a mile away.

I thought about using 3/4 inch booster lines in buildings and how to use a cooper hose jacket (Look it up) and a 2 1/2″ hose clamp.

You see the more I thought the more I realized that some of my training had expired.

Now that I know that I have to adjust my training I seek out and the training I deliver to make sure it is fresh…..

If you rely on training that has expired, it might not be the only thing that expires.

Think about it.

Tactical Fire Problem – Abandoned Building

This week The Tactical Fire Problem is an abandoned building under renovation

1.) What is your initial C A N report?

2.) What size line and where does it go?

3.) What are the challenges of a 50/50 renovated building?

4.) What are the unique features of building construction that you need to be aware of?

5.) Could it be likely that renovation materials could be stored in the unused portion? What does that do to fire load and access?

"Changing the fire service, one mind at a time"