Training News for the Week of 1-3-16
MISSING ONLINE TRAININGS - HAZ-MAT AND LOCKOUT TAGOUT
HazMat Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N3PGDLZ
Lockout Tagout Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2P73M7V
REMEMBER THIS MONTH IS THE ONLINE BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS REFRESHER AS WELL!
EMERGENCY REPORTING - IMPORTANT 2016 CHANGES TRAINING VIDEO!
Also something I forgot to mention in the video - if you have a furnace malfunction, dryer fire, etc - ANYTHING involving an appliance, machinery, vehicle, etc - it is important to make sure that gets logged in the proper fire investigation section. When I upload NFIRS each month those things get tracked to see if there are any trends with certain models, etc for potential recall needs!
Thanks and let BC Kaz know if you have any questions.
2015 TOP FIREFIGHTER TRAINING ARTICLES
I am very proud to say one of my articles was the #8 most read firefighter training article in 2015.
NOT ALL SENIOR MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL
What's really cool about this article is I know Kenny Ruane - he is a HUGE Notre Dame fan and used to come out quite often with the Engine 44 crew before 9-11
BE AWARE OF SMOKE FROM EVERYWHERE
Basement fires, and their tell-tale sign of smoke from everywhere, is arguably the most dangerous fire we encounter. Sadly, this was made evident by the recent LODD of Patrick Wolterman in Hamilton, Ohio and the close call in Toledo with FF Dorner last month. The latter has taken the time to share his story, which is imperative for us to read and share to learn. The former, sadly cannot share his story, but yet we must learn from the incident all the same. Both were basement fires and in a matter of seconds many lives were changed forever.
Regardless where geographically in the Country the fire occurs, the basement fire demands that we recognize it is a basement fire (360˚ lap), communicate our findings (situation report, CAN report), and have a preplanned coordinated attack we can implement.
“The goal we seek to achieve is isolation and extinguishment of the fire, and the coordination of this operation is similar to placing puzzle pieces correctly to achieve the finished product. Each hoseline is just one piece of the puzzle, and all companies operating must have clear and concise goals that are communicated before the incident. The front yard of a residential structure with fire issuing from three basement well windows and report of people trapped is not the correct place for the incident commander to explain a new tactic that involves coordination of four companies. The plans must be communicated and trained extensively, only to be executed when the correct situation is recognized.” Chapter 11, Page 115
Making the push down the interior stairs is the most dangerous tactic we exercise and it demands precise actions and that we move with purpose. Ensure you have estimated the setback so you do not come up short. Always be cognizant that you are operating on a platform that is being attacked by fire for an unknown amount of time. Lastly, most interior basement entrances are located in the kitchen, the room with the greatest concentrated load (fridge, stove, you!). Our success demands that we never let down our guard, eliminate complacency and have a well-drilled plan we can execute.
So, we all know the dangers of trusses, especially wood trusses when exposed to heat from a fire, and we all know why they fail so quickly. And we all teach that, in lightweight construction, that they normally are spaced 24” apart where rafters on a stick built roof are normally 16” apart.
In this pic see that they are spaced apart 4’ apart. Think about that 4x8 sheet of plywood on the roof; supported on either end (sitting on ¾” on wood) and just one place in between……
The bottom chords are 2x6 but the web members are 2x4’s. The only saving grace here is the top chords are covered by low density sprayed on insulating foam. Although not a rated fire protection system it might insulate the top chords a little “bit” until the fire consumes it.. But the bottom chords only will have a drop ceiling between them and the fire below. Oh yeah, the building and its roof trusses is 50’ wide
But it is an office building that will only be occupied Mon-Fri 8-4 and fully alarmed.
AKA: a disposable building.
PENN FIRE TO HOST NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY CLASS IN 2016
Executive Skills – Exercising Leadership to Facilitate Adaptive Change – May 23-24, 2016