Tactical Fire Problem – Old Dynamite

This week it is not exactly a fire problem, but a hazardous materials incident / bomb squad incident.

You are called to an abandoned construction company and this is what you are presented with.

Take a look.

1.) What is the correct DOT Guidebook number to use?

2.) What is the significance on the crystallization on the wrapping?

3.) What is the most likely trigger to a detonation?

4.) What procedure do you have in place at your department to handle this?

5.) What is the appropriate safety zone for your apparatus and personnel? What factors determine this?

Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Hazardous Materials

This week the panel will discuss Haz Mat responses, what to do to interface with a team that is responding, ad talk about a couple of case histories where simple responses turned into a haz mat scenario.
You don’t have to be a member of a haz mat team to participate. We are looking to get the average fire department perspective on this.
Or you can watch us live on the events page and comment.
Watch us live on Youtube and leave comments to interact with the panel.

You can always watch live or view the archives at Firefighting Today.com


Tactical Fire Problem – Old Stone Farmhouse

This week we look at a basement fire in an old stone farmhouse with a victim. Take a look and see what you think.


1.) Because of the age of the structure, does that enhance fire spread to the victim, or buy the victim some time? Why?

2.) With a bare minimum crew of four personnel arriving on the first engine, what actions would you take first?

3.) Does the position of the victim and the fire give you any challenges as it relates to laddering the building?

4.) Based on your experience what are the contents of this area?

5.) List five considerations for operating with fire below you.

Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – How Do You Decide?

We are bombarded with information in all facets of our life, but certainly within the fire service. We learn about new tools, equipment, innovations and ideas.
How do you personally make decisions on what is good or bad, and further how does your department make decisions on the “new stuff” that circulates in your organization.
Where do you get your information?
The panel will brainstorm and see if we can generate some thoughts on this subject.

Watch us live at the events page, or watch us live and comment on youtube to interact with the panel.

You can also watch us live or watch the archive replays at Firefightingtoday.com


Firefighter Training Podcast – Firefighters Anonymous – 12 Step Program


This episode is about behavior and actions and changing the way the fire service thinks. There are tons of other perspectives out there and I suggest you listen to them all, but decide for yourself which ones to act upon.

I hope this episode gives you something to think about.

It comes from a classroom and online program that I deliver and if you would like further information, please feel free to contact me.

Tactical Fire Problem – Rural Barn Fire

This week we look at a rural water supply operation with a large barn fire. (Barn B A R N, not B O N!)


1.) Assume for this scenario that the nearest water supply is at a minimum 3/4 of a mile away.  What is your plan?

2.) What size line (s) and what flow will you use.

3.) Do you open the main sliding doors to the main barn? If so when?

4.) What could the two chutes on the front of the building indicate to you? What kind of danger would this represent to you?

5.) Based upon volume, what rate of flow would you have to sustain for 100% involvement?