B Shifter Hazard Zone Quarterly


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Science/Fire Testing/Building Construction

A Building Construction Alphabet

A glossary of building construction terms

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, collapse, structural components, truss, beams, fire attack, fire strategies

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Modern Residence

A scientific look at how today's residential construction methods & materials have changed the hazard zone.

Authors: Robert G. Backstrom, James M. Dalton, Steven Kerber, and Peter Van Dorpe

Tags: Building construction, hazard zone, residential fires, NIST, UL, building materials, engineered lumber, fire science, fire strategies and tactics

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Dangerous Voids & Hidden Spaces

Containing fire in single-family residences, plus a wood-frame construction primer

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, collapse, structural components,  fire attack, fire strategies, voids, single-family residences, wood frame construction

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Steamy Suggestions

Recent fire research invites a hot, new fire-attack method

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Fire science, fire research, change, progress, humor, editorial, satire

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Kill the Flashover

An article that discusses new approaches to preventing flashover

Author: Joe M. Starnes

Tags: Flashover, flashover research, fire science, test burns, air flow, flow paths, Kill the Flashover

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How Hot is Hot?

How heat-release rates can help us gauge thermal hazards.

Author: Dan Madrzykowski

Tags: Heat release rates, UL, NIST, fire science, fire tests, HRR, modern construction, legacy construction, contents heat release rates, structure heat release rates

File Size : 1.49 MB View Online Download

Reading Smoke

All that smoke has something to say. Learn how to interpret smoke's signals for a smarter, safer fire attack.

Author: Dave Dodson

Tags: Smoke, reading smoke, fire attack, fire strategy, smoke volume, smoke velocity, smoke density, smoke color, flow path

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Danger Down Below

Recent live fire tests reveal scary truth about basement fires.

Author: James M. Dalton & Peter Van Dorpe

Tags: NIST, UL, Fire Research Group, Chicago Fire Department, basements, basement fires, size up, ventilation, collapse, collapse times, floor sounding, lumbar, engineered wood, I joists, trusses

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The Key to Commercial Success

Tips to help you fight fires in commercial buildings & get out alive.

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, commercial buildings, high rise, fire strategy, large floor plans, cellars, subcellars, trapdoors, elevators, high ceilings

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The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

Working in smaller buildings adjacent to larger burn structures can have dire consequences.

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, collapse, large buildings, small buildings, incident command, IC, command, hazard zone, collapse zone

File Size : 1.25 MB View Online Download

The Key to Commercial Success II

Additional tips to help fire crews stay safe in commercial structures.

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, commercial buildings, high rise, fire strategy, large floor plans, cellars, subcellars, trapdoors, elevators, high ceilings

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Control & Command for Collapse Incidents

When responding to a building collapse or explosion, the IC must control the scene before commanding rescue operations.

Author: Vincent Dunn

Tags: Command, incident command, incident commander, collapse, building collapse, explosions, search and rescue, rescue personnel, collapse zone

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Type Casting

Author: Vincent Dunn

Building types offer clues to predictable fire-spread problems.

Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, Type I, Type II, Type III, Type IV, Type V, fire resistive, non combustible, ordinary, heavy timber, wood frame, construction types

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Miles of Trouble

Author: Vincent Dunn

Great lengths of combustible electrical cable hide behind walls, inside closets & above ceilings.

Great lengths of combustible electrical cable hide behind walls, inside closets & above ceilings.

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Truss Issues

Author: Vincent Dunn

Bowstring truss roofs are inherently unsafe for firefighters. Learn how to size them up for safer ops.

Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, bowstring truss, truss, collapse, building failure

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Chief Dunn's Top 10

Author: Vincent Dunn

Building construction guru Vincent Dunn shares 10 things you must know about firefighting in 2.5-story structures.

Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, 2.5 story building, command, incident command, incident commander, ground ladder, hoseline, venting, ventilation, aerial ladders, Type V, wood construction, collapse

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Tracking Toxic Exposures

Author: Dan Suhr, PhD & Henry Ryng

Firefighters work in an unseen cloud of dangerous substances. Improved exposure-tracking methods could provide a valuable snapshot of these toxins.

Toxins, toxic, exposure tracking, cancer, IDLH, Emergency

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9 Tips for Type I Buildings

Vincent Dunn

Chief Vincent Dunn tells us what to keep in mind when working in fire-resistive structures.

Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, Type 1, Type One, fire resistive structures, HVAC, ceiling space, void spaces, curtain wall, SFRM, spay on fire resistive material, sprinklers, sprinkled building, sprinkler failure, standpipe, standpipe failure, stairways, elevators, elevator failure

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A Sound Solution

Eric Tomlinson

A Washington State fire department solved on-scene communications problems with a simple, inexpensive hearing device.

ambient noise, chaos, loud, hearing loss, hearing aids, communication, on scene communication, radio communication, earpiece, radio feedback, Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority, ear protection, hearing protection, audiologist

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7 Tips for Type II Buildings

Vincent Dunn

Chief Vincent Dunn explains the hidden dangers in noncombustible/limited combustible structures.

Building construction, Vincent Dunn, fire attack, firefighting, fire strategy, Type II, noncombustible, limited combustible, fuel load, steel, steel failure, trusses, steel-bar joists, roof operations, protected steel, unprotected steel

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SLICE-RS

The latest fire research has prompted a different tactical approach. Read on to learn the truth about this sometimes-controversial SLICE-RS concept.

By Eddie Buchanan

Fire research, fire science, UL, NIST, modern fires, tactics, tactical, SLICERS, firefighting, controversy

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Type III Ordinary Construction

Chief Dunn explains how to stay safe when operating in or around brick-and-joist buildings.

By Vincent Dunn

 

Type III, building construction, collapse, voide spaces, masonry walls, parapet wall, concealed spaces, coping stones, poke-through holes, suspended ceilings, open-joist construction, fireman's cut

 

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Rapid Fire

What you need to know about quick-moving fires in lightweight wood-truss structures. 

By Vincent Dunn

building construction, Edgewater Fire, lightweight truss, wood truss, voids, void spaces, concealed spaces, fire spread, structural components, spinklers, sprinkled

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Unholy Dangers in Holy Structures

Preplanning & careful size-up are imperative to successful, safe fire attacks in places of worship. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

 

church fires, places of worship, synagogue, mosque, temple

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A Tragedy Avoided

Smart command training helps Oregon fire department survive a catastrophic bowstring truss collapse.

By Brian Smith

bowling alley, incident command

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Tread Carefully

Better watch your step. Stairways of all kinds present numerous safety hazards. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

stairs, stairway, building construction, hazards, safety, stairwell

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Wood-Floor Collapse

You can’t always trust the ground beneath your feet. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

 

building contruction, floors, wooden floors, failure, collapse, safety, hazard zone, command training, floor beams, floor alterations, terrazo flooring

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Cherry Road: What We Know Now

Live-fire tests support applying water to the fire as quickly as possible.

BY DAN MADRZYKOWSKI

 

fire science, research, UL, NIST, live fire tests, Cherry Road, LODD, line of duty deaths, maydays, ventialtion, wind-controlled fire, fire control, water, water application, uncoordinated ventilation

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Let's Have a Mayday!

Hosting your own mayday isn’t fun, but it sure is easy. Just follow these simple steps. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

mayday, LODD, line of suty death, near miss, close call, safety, abottville, safety, what not to do, training, strategic level, task level, water application, ventilation, fire control, 360, incident command

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Interior Layout

The more you know about a structure’s interior configuration, the safer you will be.

BY VINCENT DUNN

building construction, interior layout, doors, transoms, ceilings, collapse, floors, railroad flats, dead ends, hallways, window sills, windows

 

 

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Key Characteristics

Savvy company officers know their first due buildings’ unique fixed critical factors. 

BY DAVID HAAG

company officers, company officer development, COD, leadership, critical factors, size up, size-up, initial radio report, 360, critical incident factors

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Triple Threat

Part 1 of a 2-part series on how to manage fires in triple-decker structures. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

triple deckers, building construction, three-story buildings, firefighting tactics, safety

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Wind & Fire

Structure fire development basics. Part 1 of a 2-part series.

By Dan Madrzykowski

wind driven fires, ventilation limited fires, fire science, UL, NIST, pressure, wind, gas, flow path, fire research

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Wind & Fire 2

Structure fire development basics

By Dan Madrzykowski

flow path, wind, exhaust, air intake, fire attack, fire suppresion, size up, wind-driven fire, smoke, ventilation

 

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Triple Threat, Part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part series on how to manage fires in triple-decker structures. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

wood furring, cockloft, returns, building construction, fire, fire attack

 

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Nozzle Tips

Recent studies show how nozzle type, movement & spray pattern affect air entrainment. Learn how to use this information to your advantage. 

BY DAN MADRZYKOWSKI

fire attack, firefighting, nozzles, hose streams, water, spray pattern, air entrainment, air movement, NIST, UL, streamm patterns, science, fire science

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Science & Shifting Tactical Priorities

Should recent fire-research findings change our approach to primary search? 

BY VINCENT DUNN & DAN MADRZYKOWSKI

science, fire reesearch, tactical piorities, life safety, primary search, fire control, ventilation

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Flash Phenomena

Flashover, rollover & flameover present different threat levels in smoke-filled rooms.

BY VINCENT DUNN

fire attack, fire tactics

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Blue Card’s Tech Partner Develops Risk-Awareness & Training Platform

technology, inXsol, HazPrep, training, interactive,  Small Business Innovation and Research grant, learning activities, peer discussions

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Working above Basement Fires

Is it ever safe to operate above a working fire? 

BY VINCENT DUNN & DAN MADRZYKOWSKI

fire behavior, science, floor collapse, building construction, fire search, search and rescue, fire attack, water, risk factors, LODD, line of duty death, close calls, stairs, stairway, trapped, size-up, structural collapse, below-grade fires, 

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Understanding Flameover

Although not as common as flashover or rollover, flameover events can create life-threatening conditions. 

BY VINCENT DUNN

 

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Command Training/Managing Training Programs

LOST!

An experienced Australian BC explains how he lost 2 crews at a routine commercial fire.

Author: Roger Stevens

Tags: Communications, resources, dispatch, post incident critique, post incident review, lost crews, miscommunication, mistakes

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A Strategic Second Wind

Reinforced ops provide a much-needed dose of tactical support to incidents with mature hazards. 

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Incident command, command training, reinforced ops, reinforced operations, command transfer, IC, IC Number 1, IC Number 2,command vehicle, command post, fast attacking IC, communications, radio reports, structural firefighting

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Fire's Final Frontier

Firefighters at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ready themselves for rocket launches & missile tests—plus the usual fare.

Author: Mark Farias

Tags: Vandenberg Air Force Base, firefighting, Blue card, Blue Card Command, rockets, missiles, NASA, space, space launch, Atlas V Spacecraft, Delta II Spacecraft, Pro Board, military base, firefighter training, training facility, training grounds, Vandenburg Fire Department

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Getting Defensive

When initial & reinforced ops can’t knock down the fire, it’s time to escalate operations.

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Incident command, command training, defensive ops, defensive operations, command transfer, IC, IC Number 1, IC Number 2, command vehicle, command post, fast attacking IC, communications, radio reports, structural firefighting, warm-zone bosses, logistics, safety, incident strategy, IAP, incident action plan

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A RIT Intervention

Rapid intervention teams are a risky bet in a dangerous, high-stakes game.

Author: Brian Houska

Tags: Rapid intervention, rapid intervention teams, RIT, rapid intervention crew, RIC, safety, mayday, save yourself, save each other, near miss, fatality, firefighter rescue, self-rescue

File Size : 1.54 MB View Online Download

A Team-Based Approach to Self-Survival Training

Learn how one department worked with its neighbor to fund & staff the IAFF’s Fireground Survival Program.

Author: Pat Dale

Tags: Mayday, mayday preparedness, IAFF Fireground Survival Training Program, IAFF, safety, survival, mayday prevention, firefighter rescue, self-rescue, Olympia, Washington

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Greetings from Maui

Say "aloha" to the Maui County Fire Department. Beaches, big surf, volcanoes & valleys make its response area one of the most beautiful & perilous in the United States.

Author: Amos Lonokailua-Hewett

Tags: Maui, Maui Country Fire Department, Blue Card, Hawaii, Hawaiian fire service, beach rescue, water rescue, cliff rescue, training, islands, command training center, CTC, portable CTC, volcanoes

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Blue Card Vocab Primer

Definitive answers to your Blue Card terminology questions.

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Blue Card, vocabulary, communications, commo, communication, radio, glossary

File Size : 1.44 MB View Online Download

What's in a Name?

You can call a turd a tulip, but it will still smell like poop.

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Division, group, sector, vernacular, language, communication, communications, editorial, humor, satire

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Training Hits the Street

A recent incident in the Pacific Northwest proves that command training transfers to the real world.

Author: Pat Dale

Tags: Apartment fire, incident review, incident command, IC command, hazard zone, Blue Card, initial attack, transfer of command, command transfer, Olympia, Washington, Olympia Fire Department

File Size : 1.42 MB View Online Download

Are You Mayday Ready?

The IAFF’s Survival Training Program outlines how to prevent & manage maydays.

Author: Chris Stewart

Tags: Mayday, mayday preparedness, IAFF Fireground Survival Training Program, IAFF, safety, survival, mayday prevention, firefighter rescue, self-rescue, GRAB LIVES, company officer

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Florida's Space Coast

Brevard County Fire Rescue manages an eclectic array of challenges in the land, air & sea.

Author: Larry Collins

Tags: Space Coast, Brevard County Florida, Kennedy Space Center, Blue Card, Brevard County Fire Rescue, rockets, space shuttles, missiles, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Patrick Air Force Base, Blue Card, command training

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Orland Takes Command

Author: David Piper

A high-volume department near Chicago improves on-scene coordination & performance with command training.

Blue Card, command training, command training center, Orland Fire Protection District, MABAS, training, skills, education, incident command, officer training, mutual aid

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Is Everybody Ready?

Author: Brian P. Kazmierzak

Effective incident management requires multilevel training.

Drills, training, practice, education, multilevel training, IRR, initial radio report, company level drill, quick drill, multi-company drill

File Size : 4.58 MB View Online Download

The Evolution of Wainwright

Author: Nick Brunacini

Give the weakest links a safe place to crash & learn.

Command training, command, command training center, practice, drills, sets and reps, training, repetition, mistakes, learning, be nice.

File Size : 1.52 MB View Online Download

Tough Calls

Authors: Vincent Dunn & Robert T. Mahoney

We make life & death decisions on every shift. Learn the subtle difference between acceptable & unacceptable life loss.

LODD, line of duty death, injury, death, loss, risk, risk assessment, decision making, decisions, life and death decision

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It's Time for Radio Rehab

Author: Mike Worrell

Standby as the committee charged with developing NFPA 1802 considers ways to make portable radios safer, sturdier & more reliable.

NFPA 1802, radio, radios, radio communication, communication, radio failure, MIL-SPEC, MIL-STD, PPE, safety, radio reliability

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Orland Takes Command

Author: David Piper

A high-volume department near Chicago improves on-scene coordination & performance with command training.

Blue Card, command training, command training center, Orland Fire Protection District, MABAS, training, skills, education, incident command, officer training, mutual aid

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RAFT: Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training

Author: Rich Marinucci

Amid a sea of training & budget shortfalls, RAFT supports & unifies suburban Detroit fire departments.

RAFT, Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training, Detroit, Michigan, training, budgets, partnership, synergy, education, team work, cost savings, extrication, company officer, officer training, regional training

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All-Season Response

Author: Scott Bridges

Winter fun? Summer sports? Vail Fire & Emergency Services provides top-notch service to its large, fluctuating tourist population despite staffing limits.

Vail, Colorado, Vail Fire & Emergency Services, snow, ice, winter weather, rescue, all weather response, blizzard, resident program, officer, officers, officer training, Blue Card

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Oly's Training Shake-Up

Author: Pat Dale

Good timing, bad disasters, federal funds & local bonds help a Washington State fire department build a synergistic training center.

Blue Card, command training, command training center, training facility, Olympia Fire Department, earthquake, bonds, FEMA funds, FEMA funding, training, skills, education, incident command, regional training

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Delaware Delivers Big Training

Author: Tucker R. Dempsey

The Delaware State Fire School offers statewide training for the task, tactical & strategic levels.

Blue Card, command training, command training center, training facility, Delaware, Delaware State Fire School, training, education, drills, courses, curriculum, hands on, practical training, practical skills, IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, officer training, officers

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From Street to CV

John Tippett Jr.

One department shifts gears to embrace the command vehicle.

Command, incident command, incident commander, IC, communication, communications, hazard zone, command van, command vehicle, Charleston Fire Department, Sofa Super Store Fire, Routley Report

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Blue Card Goes Coastal

The Oceanside Fire Department uses its new CTC to train & unify area departments.

by Joe ward with Stu Sprung

command training, Oceanside, California, Blue Card, command training, joint training, unified training, online training, ocean, Camp Pendleton, experience, company officer, captain, local IMS, incident management system

 

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Mid-level Incident Management

Warm-zone bosses help balance the span of control between the strategic & task levels. 

By Nick Brunacini

warm-zone bosses, tactical level bosses, operational levels, task level, tactical level, strategic level, span of control, attack positions, powerpoint

File Size : 27.41 MB View Online Download

Don't Get Trapped

Knowing a structure’s maze-like layout gives on-deck crews the upper hand. 

By Matt Calus

on deck, RIT, RIT, house fire, structure fire, narrow streets, maze, lost, mayday, bed, hoarder, Michigan

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Street-Smart Training 2

Improve firefighter learning with timely feedback & thoughtful critiques. 

By Brian Crendell, ED.D

training, training methods, adult learning, feedback, critiques, revision, performance management model, coaching, mentoring, positive reinforcement, hazing, sets and reps, training stress, Pygmalion Effect

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Accountability Counts

Passports are just one part of the accountability equation. Read on to learn a solid multi-level approach to hazard-zone accountability. 

BY PAT DALE & NICK BRUNACINI

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A Tragedy Avoided

Smart command training helps Oregon fire department survive a catastrophic bowstring truss collapse.

By Brian Smith

bowling alley, incident command

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Blue Card on the Bayou

The St. George Fire Department in East Baton Rouge, La., refines its command skills for Type 4 & 5 events. 

BY BOYD WESTBROOK

 

Blue Card, command training, command, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hurricanes, NIMS, Type 4 & 5, training, St. George Fire Department, command training center, CTC

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Hold the Line

This issue’s data shows mayday firefighters frequently become lost/separated from their hoselines.

By Don Abbott

 

maydays, LODD, line of duty death, near miss, study, data, abbottville, close call, fire command, incident command, hazard zone

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The Blue Card-NIMS Interface

These two incident-command systems needn’t compete. In fact, they complement one another.

By Nick Brunacini

Blue Card, NIMS, Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4, Type 5, Types 1-3, Types 4 & 5, incident command, fire command, large events, local events, hazard zone

File Size : 1.91 MB View Online Download

Strong Leaders Foster Resilience

Choosing the right boss to manage our systems will make all the difference when bad things happen.

By Nick Brunacini

opinion, editorial, leadership, boss, LODD, mayday

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Fire Studio Beyond Blue Card

Here’s how to use Fire Studio to enhance your department’s training program. 

BY RICH MERRIT

Blue Card, Fire Studio, Digital Combustion, fire simulations, simulations, sims, command training

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A Tragic Tally

To reduce the number of maydays, we must track where, how & why they occur. 

BY DON ABBOTT

Mayday Project, maydays, LODD, line of duty death, near miss, close calls, safety, data, Abottville, study, data

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Shifting Priorities

Extinguishing the fire makes the hazard zone safer for everyone & should be our No. 1 tactical priority. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

 

drilldown, training, incdent command, tactical priorities, incident command, incident action plan, IAP, fire/hazard control, life safety, property conservation, firefighting, extinguish, put out the fire, fire control

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Does Blue Card Improve Performance?

Before committing to the Blue Card program, Clark County (Wash.) fire agencies assessed its ability to strengthen incident-command skills.

By Kristan Maurer

Blue Card, evaluation, incident command, command training, Calrk County, Washington, test, review, assess, proof

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Safety & Numbers

How many responders can an on-scene boss safely track & manage? 

BY DANIEL DAWE

 

safety, hazard zone safety, incident command, safety officer, span of control, accountability, on deck, warm zone, warm zone bosses

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Cherry Road: What We Know Now

Live-fire tests support applying water to the fire as quickly as possible.

BY DAN MADRZYKOWSKI

 

fire science, research, UL, NIST, live fire tests, Cherry Road, LODD, line of duty deaths, maydays, ventialtion, wind-controlled fire, fire control, water, water application, uncoordinated ventilation

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Let's Have a Mayday!

Hosting your own mayday isn’t fun, but it sure is easy. Just follow these simple steps. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

mayday, LODD, line of suty death, near miss, close call, safety, abottville, safety, what not to do, training, strategic level, task level, water application, ventilation, fire control, 360, incident command

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PHX CTC 2.0

Blue Card returns to build its hometown a cooler, smarter & more robust CTC. 

BY BLUE CARD STAFF

command training, command training center, CTC, Phoenix, simulations, Brett Tarver, LODD, line of duty death, Blue Card

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In the Weeds

Washington firefighters faced resistant doors, wonky wiring & hidden rooms at an unsuspected grow-house fire. 

BY CHUCK KAHLER

 

incident review, Washington, marijuana, grow house, house fire, structure fire, Blue Card, electrical panel, electrical fire, attic fire, forcible entry, hidden rooms, extension, fire spread, incident command

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An Everyday Plan for Maydays

Multiple agencies apply best practices to prepare for the worst-case scenario. 

BY PAT DALE

 

maydays, safety, LODD, line of duty deaths, near miss, close call, Olympia Fire Department, Washington, IAFF, survival, Fire Ground Survival, Fireground Survival, self-survival, rescue, command training, command training center, interagency training, training, team work, simulations, sims, Blue Card

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Simple Custom Sims

Neil Prochnow

Create training simulations that show the structures & hazards in your response area.

Blue Card, Digital Combustion, sims, simulations, training, sets and reps, customized training

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Blue Card Unstructured

A small Colorado fire district maximizes its investment by utilizing Blue Card beyond structure fires.

By Greg Childress

blue card, command training, wildland firefighting, technical rescue, swiftwater rescue, training, initial radio reporting, size up, critical factors, incident command, volunteer fire department, combination fire department, rural fire department

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What “First When Seconds Count” Really Means

Science proves our unique, on-the-fly decision-making style sets us apart from other occupations. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

editorial, opinion, humor, dachshund, dogs, pavlov, decision-making, recognition-primed decision making, science

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Shit Can Roll Up Hill

Why capping span of control at 6 matters to you. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

span of control, warm zone bosses, tactical bosses, rank, hierarchy, incident organization, accountability

File Size : 1.08 MB View Online Download

Wind & Fire

Structure fire development basics. Part 1 of a 2-part series.

By Dan Madrzykowski

wind driven fires, ventilation limited fires, fire science, UL, NIST, pressure, wind, gas, flow path, fire research

File Size : 586.5 KB View Online Download

The Clarity of Critical Factors

Today’s critical factors underscore the importance of eliminating the fire. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

command training, incident command, critical factors, fire, fire attack, hazard zone management, tactics, strategies, fized factors, variable factors, risk management, situation evaluation, 360, fire control

File Size : 2.18 MB View Online Download

5 Ways to Incorporate Blue Card into Hands-On Training

By Kyle Trumbly

Training, hands-on training, blue card, incidant command, incident commander, CAN reports, radios, comminucation, terminology, maydays, drills

 

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Wind & Fire 2

Structure fire development basics

By Dan Madrzykowski

flow path, wind, exhaust, air intake, fire attack, fire suppresion, size up, wind-driven fire, smoke, ventilation

 

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The Incident Safety Officer

Embedding the Safety Division within the Operations Division pays major dividends. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

safety, safety officer, hazard zone, operations, ISO, IAP, initial operations, command transfer, reinforced opertions

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A Safe Place to Crash & Learn

Training sessions should provide a judgement-free place to make mistakes. 

BY TERRY GARRISON

 

training, education, instructors, hazing, command training, CTC, Phoenix

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Command Strategies for Sprinklered Structures

By Shane Ray

sprinklers, integrated fire-protection systems, command, incident command, command strategies, warehouse fire, big box fire, hotel fire, apartment fire, nfsa, www.nfsa.org

File Size : 214.64 KB View Online Download

Blue Card & NIMS

Preparing for a state NIMS compliance inspection? Here are 4 things to help you show how Blue Card works with NIMS.

By Kyle Trumbly

radio, communications, interoperability, operations, staging, incident command, ICS 

File Size : 1.39 MB View Online Download

A Strong Safety Pyramid

How a well-built system allows 6 officers to safely & effectively manage a 50-person response. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

safety systems, span of control, warm zone bosses, tactical level bosses, Blue Card, incident command, command safety, fire command

File Size : 4.26 MB View Online Download

Fire Command’s Reboot

The “Fire Command” textbook gets a long-awaited update in its third edition. 

BY NICK BRUNACINI

fire command, incident command, textbook, training, alan brunacini, firegournd commander, phoenix fire department, hazrad zone, hazard zone management, blue card

File Size : 3.5 MB View Online Download

Strategic & Tactical Level Training

Teacher's Pests

Dealing with know-it-alls, nonconformists & other instructor challenges.

Author: Forest Reeder

Tags: Teaching, Instruction, difficult students, education, trainer, training

File Size : 149.23 KB View Online Download

A Good Front End

Strong initial operations ensure on-scene success

Author: Nick Brunacini

Tags: Incident command, hazard zone, initial operations, deployment, resources, size-up, strategies, strategy, risk assessment, 360, radio reports, follow-up reports, incident action plan, IAP

File Size : 1.8 MB View Online Download

On Scene & In the News

An experienced PIO shares strategies for managing the media

Author: Billy D. Hayes

Tags: Media, social media, public information officer, news, reporters

File Size : 278.18 KB View Online Download

After Burn

How to improve future operations with post-incident critiques

Author: staff

Tags: Post-incident review, post-incident critique, hindsight reviews

File Size : 2.33 MB View Online Download

Commit Your Line

On scene—as in life—you must pick a strategy

Author: Johnny Peters

Tags: Commitment, hoseline, strategy, strategic planning, editorial

File Size : 104.48 KB View Online Download

Routine Risks

Fires in single-family homes, which aren't as routine as they used to be.

Author: John Brunacini

Tags: Single family home, single family residence, critical factors, fire attack, water supply, size up, hose lays, fire hydrants

File Size : 858.79 KB View Online Download

A Big Problem

How to approach overweight or out-of-shape firefighters, plus tips on managing peer relationships in training

Author: Forest Reeder

Tags: Teaching, Instruction, firefighter fitness, firefighter health, firefighter obesity

File Size : 179.12 KB View Online Download

Training Targets

Set your sights on specific training goals & outcomes for positive training results.

Author: Forest Reeder

Tags: Teaching, Instruction, goals, goal-setting, presentations, training standards, lesson plans, skills evaluations, return to duty

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