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Fire Service Building Construction – An Interview with Chris Naum

Our guest this week is Christopher Naum from the website buildings on fire. Chris is an internationally known expert on the subject and he is carrying on from his mentor Frank Brannigan.

This week we take an overview look of the five types of building construction as defined by NFPA 220, we look at wood frame buildings, and some of the things to be considered.

We also begin a discussion on engineered structural members and how the change the dynamics of what we are currently doing with suppression tactics and discuss how that might have changed from years past. The increase in the ability of these engineered systems allow for increase in the compartment spaces, meaning size and area of the fire compartment and how that has a direct impact on rate of flow.

Buildings On Fire website http://buildingsonfire.com/

NIOSH Website http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/

Command Safety Website http://commandsafety.com/

The Company Officer Website http://thecompanyofficer.com/tag/fire-service-training/

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Firefighter Close Calls – An Interview with Deputy Chief William Goldfeder

This week we interview Deputy Chief William Goldfeder from firefighterclosecalls.com.

We get into a general discussion about the site, his work, his background and things for the future. At the end of the episode some real quick and simple tips for staying safe in your own department and protecting your members.

Here are some useful links to supplement this episode.

www.firefighterclosecalls.com

National Fallen Firefighters website http://www.firehero.org/

International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and combination officers sectionhttp://www.iafc.org/micrositeVCOSorg/index.cfm

VFIS Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance training http://www.vfis.com/emergency-responder-education-training-consulting.htm

International Association of Firefighters Health and Safety http://www.iaff.org/hs/index.htm

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Hazardous Materials Incidents

This week some considerations for handling a hazardous material incident. We will approach this from the perspective of firefighters responding to an incident rather than a specialized trained hazardous materials team.

We talk about some very basic material such as how to determine which of the hazardous material incident classifications your department is capable of handling, how to identify the product involved by multiple sources (3-5) and the hazardous material zone system. We also direct you to load the WISER software and app for your smartphone or desktop and learn about that as well.

We discuss that the size, scope, and magnitude of the problem may also dictate your department’s capabilities.

Recognize and identify the situation, isolate and deny entry (to civilians as well as firefighters) eliminate all sources of ignition, call for additional resources and develop a mitigation plan.

Please feel free to contact us at pete@petelamb.com by email or by voicemail at 774-987-9414 for information about online hazardous materials training for your department.

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Evaluating your Training using NFPA 1410

This week we discuss using the NFPA 1410 Standard to evaluate a variety of water supply and initial attack line deployment. The discussion will review hydrant systems as well as drafting and portable water sources.

We all believe we are doing it correctly but how do we measure that and test ourselves against the minimum standard.

Even if you do not meet the standard the first time you try it, you should use it as an operational goal.

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Fire Officer Problem Solving

This week a look at some information on problem solving and conflict resolution that is not only good in the firehouse but also good in life in general.

The problems and conflict resolution we see in the firehouse are often greater than the challenges we face on the fireground.

One of our greatest commodities is our people but they also bring us some of our greatest challenges in leading an organization and keeping it focused.

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Fireground Dangerous Conditions

This week a look at a couple of training opportunities, and a serious discussion about fireground dangerous conditions.

Fireground size-up and safety program being held November 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. See more information at this link. http://petelamb.blogspot.com/2013/10/size-up-training-class-do-you-see-what.html

Second program being held at 7:00 PM Eastern on November 7, 2013 See more information and register here: http://petelamb.blogspot.com/2013/10/online-training-session-firefighter.html

For any more information, comments or questions please contact me at 774-987-9414 and leave a voicemail.

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The dangerous conditions we will talk about are below:

Fire behind, below the attack team

Something that just doesn’t feel right on the scene

Limited ingress and egress situations

Unprotected openings

Size of the structure – water versus air supply

Been there too long – operations lasting greater than 10-15 minutes

Bad smoke – wrong color, wrong place, wrong movement

Lack of ventilation

If the crew cannot locate the fire

Floor or roof collapse stairway collapse

Collapse potential construction, occupancy, length of burn, lightweight materials, ankle deep water on floors, parallel chord truss, suspension columns, exposed steel

Electrical hazards gas utilities in general

Pressurized containers

Flying material- bouncing bricks

Uneven terrain

Chimneys

Building overhangs

Flashover and backdraft

Conflicting information from multiple sources

The plan isn’t working, standard fire attack broken

Commercial is different from residential

Firefighters that are not ready.

Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Firefighter Memorial Sunday and the IAFC Rules of Engagement

The first Sunday in October is designated as the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Sunday. In this episode we read the honor roll of the 81 Lives lost in 2012 with a small tribute.

The second portion of the episode is a review of the Structural Firefighting Rules of Engagement for firefighters and incident commanders. I felt it was important that in order to properly honor those who have given their lives, that we should review some positive safety actions to insure they have not died in vain.

I have left links to the honor roll and the rules of engagement below.

The National Fallen Firefighter Honor Roll : http://weekend.firehero.org/ROH2013.html

The IAFC Rules of Engagement Poster : http://www.iafcsafety.org/image/ROE_Poster.pdf

The version of Amazing Grace used is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Amazing Grace 2011 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.

http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100820.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available at http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/licenses/

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Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013