A Fire Behavior Discussion

This is a short video discussion about the current national debate concerning fire behavior research. This has been a polarizing debate in some cases and it is the intent of this video is to look at both sides of the equation and realize that there are multiple solutions, depending upon your department resources, and what fire you pull up to. This discussion also focuses on firefighter safety.


Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Fire Service Expectations

This week the panel will discuss the expectations of the fire service. What does and officer EXPECT of their personnel? What do the personnel EXPECT of the Chief and officers? What does the public EXPECT of us? What does city government EXPECT of us? One identified, how do all of these expectations affect us? What do we do about them.
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Tactical Fire Problem – Commercial freight elevator

This week we have a problem in a commercial freight elevator.

1.) What type of building would you find a freight service elevator like this? What is the age and/or construction of the building?

2.) What are the ventilation considerations if this is in the basement or lower level?

3.) Is the fire contained to the car or is smoke spreading from somewhere else, depending upon floor it is located on?

4.) What could the contents be?

5.) How do you make entry and/or operate, or secure this car?


Tactical Fire Problem – Car Near Building

This week we take a car fire but our exposure is a wood frame building. Is it “just a car fire”?

1.) What is the standard response in your FD for a car fire?

2.) What is your first priority when you arrive on scene? (Trick question here, think about it)

3.) What size attack line and where? (Another trick question!!)

4.) Have you ever recreated this scenario in one of your in service training drills?

5.) Tank water? Supply line? Enhanced water stream with agent or foam?

Tactical Fire Problem – Fishing boat at the dock

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is for my friends at the coastal communities that may or may not have any shipboard firefighting experience. Just because you may or may not have the specialized experience, you might still have the fire!

Take a look.

1.) Name three differences between fighting this fire and a “standard” structural fire?

2.) How much fuel might you find on board one of these vessels?

3.) Have you ever been on board and/or preplanned one of these vessels if you have them in your response area?

4.) What other agencies might be involved in assisting you for this emergency? What is their response time to your area? Have you trained and preplanned with them?

5.) What is your initial attack pan, and brief initial report or C A N report on this incident?

Tactical Fire Problem – Pier Fire

This week we move away from our standard structural and suburban incidents and move toward the shore line a bit. Take a look.

1.) Have you pre-planned your piers? I once operated on a pier fire that reached over 600 feet out into the water. Length of the stretch and pumper access? How close can you get?

2.) What is the construction like and what will it take to extinguish creosote soaked timbers?

3.) How are you going to deal with the “under” pier fire?

4.) What marine resources do you have to assist you, and can they get access to the underside?

Can you use foam or another agent and what are the potential risks if any in using it?

Tactical Fire Problem – Train

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is for our folks that cover railways and train emergencies.

1.) How much fuel could you anticipate in a railway locomotive fire?

2.) Do you have track areas that are both diesel and electrified?

3.) What is your plan for a locomotive that may be in an area of the tracks that is very remote?

4.) What steps will you use to identify the consist and potential exposure of other rail cars?

5.) What are some of the other concerns that might be considered here? What other agencies will be involved?

Tactical Fire Problem – Gas Station Emergency

This week a small spill and fire at the pump islands. Take a look.

1.) Based upon your initial size up, how big a deal is this really? Give an initial report in the C A N format.

2.) What might be the significance of the flame appearing over the canopy?

3.) What does it indicate to you that the extinguishing system has not fired yet? What effect will that have your operations?

4.) Describe your actions, how  will you handle this?

5.) What is the capability of your engine company to stop a flaming fuel running spill? Have you thought about it?