MAKING AGGRESSIVE, OFFENSIVE FIRE ATTACKS IN TODAY’S WORLD
Over the years we have evolved, debated, changed and refined our approach to firefighting so often, we seem to have now gone full circle. More recently there has been much discussion and debate over proper fire attack methods and changing the culture of the fire service from one of aggressiveness to one of safety. This class attempts to return focus on understanding the core principles and the “why’s” behind fire attack strategy and tactics and applying them in today’s modern suburban environment. Six decades of evolving firefighting principles and practices will be compared and contrasted to the latest scientific studies and experiments, in order to help participants identify the most proficient approach to firefighting in THEIR community with THEIR resources.
Purpose-driven performance and professionalism; Historic review of officer training; Terminology and concepts behind fire ground strategy, tactics and incident command; Practical size-up and decision making on the fire ground; How the evolution of fire dynamics, the built environment, ventilation and water application leads us to best-practices today.
Throughout the day, emphasis will be placed on choosing the appropriate strategy and related tactics based on the fire ground situation versus the available resources and balancing fire ground aggressiveness with firefighter safety.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Rick Ennis is a third generation fire chief. His grandfather, father and three older siblings were each dedicated and passionate firefighters, fire officers, fire service instructors and fire chiefs. He literally grew up in the southwestern Pennsylvania fire service following on the heels of his family members and their colleagues as they went about their business. Today, Ennis has over 33 years of progressively responsible service as a firefighter/paramedic, company officer, instructor and chief officer, including the past 18 years as a fire chief. Throughout this time he served as a volunteer, part-paid, full-time, non-union and union member of various sizes and types of fire departments serving various sized rural and suburban communities in three states. This background allows him to understand and relate to a wide audience. Ennis earned an Associate Degree in Fire Administration, a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He has written articles for fire service trade journals and has presented at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference and Fire Rescue International. Through the significant depth and breadth of his experience, Ennis has developed a unique, proven and very realistic perspective and approach to modern suburban firefighting. He has a passion for the American Fire Service and simply wants to perpetuate its traditional sense of duty, performance, professionalism and brotherhood amid today’s modern challenges and realities.
Class will be at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Commons Building – University Room
September 10, 2014
Around 0130 hours this morning, BOX 1541 was dispatched for a garage fire at 61 Fernwood Drive. Chief 1510 (B. Eliason) was the first to arrive on scene and established command. He reported to incoming units a fully involved garage fire with no exposures. Engine 151 and Engine 155 were the first apparatus on scene. Crews worked under the direction of command to perform defensive operations. After the fire was knocked down, overhaul operations were completed. Engine 153 assisted with water supply along with the other apparatus. Station 19 (Corydon Township), Station 11 (Derrick City), and Station 6 (Lewis Run) all stood by for Bradford Township while crews battled the fire. Station 15 was on scene until 0500 hours. … [Read More...]
Summer is the peak time for Americans to be active outdoors, so it is also the time for them to be most aware of the dangers of lightning.
“The rule is, ‘When thunder roars, go indoors,’” Mary Ann Cooper, director of the lightning injury research program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a prepared statement. “Decisions about lightning safety must be made by the individual, but education can help people reduce their chances of being struck by lightning.”
About 50 Americans are struck and killed by lightning every year, with the summer months being the time when the most lightning-related injuries occur, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Most people seriously underestimate the risk of being struck and do not know when or where to take shelter,” said Cooper, who works closely with NOAA’s National Weather Service in its annual lightning education program. Lightning can hit even before the rain starts, striking as far as 10 miles away from the rain portion of a thunderstorm, she said.
Here are some tips to improve your odds:
Even surviving a lightning strike can leave you with permanent health issues, including chronic pain, brain injury and thought-processing problems, said Cooper, who is considered the leading international expert on lightning-strike injuries.
For more information visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s web site.
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