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.
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.
Firefighters must understand at all times where they are located relative to alpha, bravo, charlie and delta. Knowing the sides of the box — especially when that box is a residential home — is paramount to situational awareness....More
Compare going up on the roof of a burning building to a police officer confronting an armed bank robber. Police officers are trained to do everything they possibly can to avoid a gun fight — but they also are trained to survive a gun fight. We need to start shaping that mentality among the fire service as quickly as we possibly can....More
Early Wednesday morning Central Dispatch got a call for a possible fire in the area of Pilgrim and Shafer. When the first engine arrived on the still alarm they found a dwelling going throughout at the corner of Pilgrim and Snowden and would be stretching. They called for the box alarm and requested an extra engine for a possible second dwelling on fire. An offensive attack was taken to try and knock down the fire, but it was quickly spreading and the chief ordered an immediate evacuation. The fire was soon after brought under control with the exposure dwelling saved. No injuries were reported.
The Van Buren Township (Mich.) Fire Department responded to a fire in a multiple-family dwelling. The first-arriving companies found heavy fire going through the roof of the apartment building. The fire spread to the adjacent units, forcing several families out of their homes.
It isn't easy to be the headline. As you probably have read by now, FIRE CHIEF is closing its doors, effective tomorrow. Our parent company, Penton, yesterday announced the closing of the 57-year old publication, its website, and supplementary products and events....More
Scientific data increasingly is validating what we knew anecdotally on the fireground -- more and faster are better. Crew size and rapid assembly of an adequate effective response force means the difference between success and failure and between safe and unsafe....More
Denying our special-needs residents an opportunity to participate does not fit our profile. While their backgrounds may differ and their abilities may vary, departments should never undermine their dedication or undervalue the benefit of their involvement....More
When should you start planning for a new fire station or addition? Do you keep a folder with pages of ideas or pictures of stations that you like? How do you find an architect who will develop your wants and needs into a facility that meets your budget?...More