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Friday, November 21, 2014
PA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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We regret to pass on to you that Samir P. “Sam” Ashmar, 51,
Fire Marshal of Upper McCungie Township Station 56 Inc in Allenton, PA. has
died in the Line of Duty. Several hours after responding on an EMS run,
Fire Marshal Ashmar was found in cardiac arrest at his residence. Ashmar was
treated and transported by fellow responders to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar
Crest where he succumbed to his injury. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
==MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN FALL
A Norwood Firefighter was injured after he fell off of a
roof while operating at a two-alarm fire this afternoon. The
FF's condition was not immediately available but he was medevac'd out. The
fall was captured in news helicopter footage, with reports that the Firefighter
appeared to be moving. More to follow. KTIYP's.
HERE is a link to the video:
==UPDATE: MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR
Have you heard all the controversy about this new concept of
firefighting? Yeah, exactly, not that big a controversy once you learn the
facts. Actually, it really isn't all that controversial and from reading
headlines, it appears that the proven research that gives us a better way to
save lives and get water on the fire is being adopted by the leadership of FD's
(the biggest to the smallest) throughout North America.
It's simply another tool for us to use based upon:
-Initial size up
Chiefs Fried, McAniff and Clark all cover that, and so much
more in their respected books....books that have been around for about 50
Do you remember THIS controversy and the headlines?
"JAWS OF LIFE WILL NOT WORK! USE HAND TOOLS AND
We have an obligation and little choice to always determine
additional ways to operate and improve for the people that need our help.
HERE IS AN UPDATE FROM ISFSI ON THE MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR
The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFS)
continues to move forward with delivery of a Principles of Modern Fire Attack
Program. The ISFSI received funding from the Department of Homeland
Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to deliver this material at
100 fire service venues across the USA in 2015. The program went through
a pilot delivery at the Ohio Fire Academy in November and the finishing touches
and refinements are just about complete. An ISFSI committee has selected
a cadre of well-known and respected instructors from all sectors of the North
American fire service. They completed a train-the-trainer session
immediately following delivery of the pilot program. This session
provided a remarkable opportunity for the instructors to work directly with
research engineers and students to discuss both fire dynamics and the
instructional methodology best suited to the delivery of a successful program.
A great deal of time and attention was placed on ensuring that the instructors
have a clear understanding of the research supporting the tactical
recommendations included in the program. A part of the program is a
discussion of the SLICE-RS approach to fire ground tactical decision making for
company officers and firefighters. This decision making guideline has
been endorsed by the ISFSI, Volunteer Combination Officers Section, and the
Firefighter Safety, Health & Survival Section of the IAFC. The
SLICE-RS method was developed to incorporate research findings and recent
experience applying this research at actual incidents into the actions of the
first arriving engine company.
Some of the areas of focus and clarification include:
• Rescue remains the highest strategic priority on the fire
ground. The “R” for rescue was listed as an “action of opportunity,”
indicating flexibility for the first due company, depending on the situation at
hand. When companies are attempting a rescue ahead of the application of
water, they should consider the Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search (VEIS) technique as a
primary tactical option. As water is applied, they may very well utilize
standard primary and secondary search methods, but still may opt for a VEIS
approach if conditions warrant. In any case, all fire buildings should be
searched to ensure no occupants are inside the IDLH atmosphere.
• Not all fires are cooled from the exterior prior to entry.
Initial cooling is dependent on the presence of increased temperatures, high
pressure, heavy smoke or heavy fire conditions within the structure. When
these conditions exist, the fire department should attempt to apply water from
a strategically advantageous position as quickly as possible in order to
improve civilian survivability and remove the thermal threat to firefighters.
In residential fires, this may often be achieved from an exterior position, but
the specific method of the application of water is contingent on size up
information gained at the incident on arrival.
• It is essential that firefighters use a solid or straight stream
with limited nozzle movement when applying exterior streams immediately prior
to initiating interior operations. This will help avoid the entrainment
of air, blocking of the flow path (ventilation opening) and disturbance of the
thermal balance, allowing firefighters to move and function more aggressively
and efficiently upon entry.
• Fire Departments that incorporate these tactics should devote time
to ensure their firefighters have received both classroom and hands-on training
to ensure they understand the proper concepts and field application of the
research. Simply editing standard operating procedures or guidelines
without incorporating hands-on training should be avoided.
The ISFSI presented the program concept to the North American Fire Training
Directors and looks forward to coordinating the grant-funded program deliveries
with the State Training Director in each state. The Society wishes to
extend thanks to NIST and UL for their continued support and for making it
possible to bring practical science to the fire ground. Their work and
assistance are the foundation of the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.
Each instructor for the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program is committed
to bringing this life saving research to as many firefighters as
possible. Each is committed to a lifetime of fire service learning and
working to ensure they have the latest and most accurate information available
to help them carry this training message forward. Each of the instructors
was selected because of their experience, their instructional expertise, and
their commitment to officers and firefighters working in the trenches.
These instructors, as well as the ISFSI as a whole, believe that the
incorporation of fire dynamics research into the tactical plans of fire
departments will allow us to effectively do our duty while helping to ensure
that everyone goes home.
For more information on the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program,
contact the ISFSI home office or visit www.isfsi.org
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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