NIST researchers recently conducted a series of tests to study the effects of various firefighting techniques to prevent flashover -- and the results could alter the future of fireground tactics....More
Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a test burn of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combating flashover. Researchers from NIST, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and state and local fire and safety officials participated in the tests.
My father consistently emphasized the fire dangers of little things, like not changing out the dryer’s lint trap or leaving an electric blanket on all night. It seemed like nagging at the time, but I’ve kept these lessons and passed them on....More
Fire Estimate Summaries present basic data on the size and status of the fire problem in the U.S., as depicted through data collected by NFIRS. Each Fire Estimate Summary addresses the size of the specific fire or fire-related issue and highlights important trends in the data.
Vehicle fires can be challenging, as they often involve longer response times to remote locations on the highway. They also are likely to occur in areas without a convenient water source. In those cases, using Class A foam can be beneficial....More
While drought and extreme wind were the underlying factors of the fire, building materials and defensive space around the perimeter of a property within the wildland urban interface influenced the path of the fire, according to the report....More
Late Thursday night Shelby Township (Mich.) firefighters responded to reports of a fire in a occupied dwelling. The first-arriving company found heavy fire going throughout a single story dwelling. The family was home at the time of the fire, but all escaped without injury. The house suffered severe damage from the fire.
By Daniel B.C. Gardiner--Hundreds of pieces of fire apparatus will be blasting their way down different Main Streets this Memorial Day, giving nearby spectators as well as the firefighters in the line of march, a good dose of acoustic trauma....More
Bad news spreads faster than good news — and thanks to social media, it spreads in nano seconds. Whether a fire chief is accused of altering drug prescriptions, driving teens to prom on a fire truck or failing to perform during crisis response, millions know about it in the blink of an eye. But the fire and emergency service also is filled with good news and inspirational stories that I wish more people heard....More
Business literature has numerous examples of successful businesses built on the model of visionary chief executive officer who drove the organization to high performance but neglected succession as part of his or her vision and responsibilities. These companies often floundered if not outright failed....More
By Jeff Dill -- FBHA workshops encourage fire departments to “Challenge with Compassion." Here are the five most-common warning signs of depression. If you see firefighters who display these five signs, step in to help....More