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See also Fire Behaviour for related topics

Articles by Andy Fredericks.pdf
Articles by Andy Fredericks, compiled by Gary Lane.

Applying Fire Research to Structural Firefighting.pdf
This training guide contains some of the most important firefighting research and analysis done in the past 50 years. Included is application of this research to the complex and dangerous work of structural firefighting. This research can make firefighting more efficient and effective and show how tactics can affect fire behavior and survivability. This guide will enhance firefighters’ abilities and decision-making capabilities by providing a greater array of options for conducting life-saving operations and property saving operations.

Attack from the Burned Side: New Age Tactics and Tasks (Sean Gray webcast)
On the importance of putting water on the seat of the fire in a timely fashion.
See also Attack from the Burned Side.pdf slides.

Attacking from the Burned Side Can Save Lives (Sean Grey)

Basement Fires (UL online course)
The main objective of this course is to improve firefighter safety by increasing the level of knowledge on the response of residential flooring systems to fire. There are several tactical considerations that result from this research that firefighters can use immediately to improve their understanding, safety and decision making when sizing up a fire in a one or two family home.

Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics (UL Fire Safety Research Institute)
This interactive course walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results and tactical considerations derived from the research project. This course supplements the project’s technical report through fire service commentary on the impact UL research has on firefighting tactics, interactive fire scenarios, video from all 17 full scale residential structure fires and numerous photos.

Evidence Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting.pptx
J&B PowerPoint presentation covering major changes in our understanding of basic fire behavior, changes in building construction materials and techniques, changes in fuel types and new terminology.

Hoarder Firefighting (Ryan Pennington)

NIST Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiments.pdf
This report focuses on the residential fire ground experiments. For these experiments, a 2000’, two-story residential structure was designed and built at Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville MD. Fire crews from Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax Co. VA were deployed in response to live burns within this facility. In addition to varying the arrival times of the first and subsequent fire apparatus, crew size was varied from two to five person staffing. Each deployment performed a series of twenty-two timed tasks, while the thermal and toxic environment inside the structure was measured. Results presented in this report quantify the effectiveness of crew size, first-due engine arrival time and apparatus arrival stagger on the duration and time to completion of key fire ground tasks.

Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards Training Program (UL Fire Safety Research Institute)
Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards (UL FSRI final report)

Transitional Attack (LA County FD)
Transitional Fire Attack (FE)

Wildland/Urban Interface Fires Training Program (Firefighters Support Foundation)
PowerPoint slideshow, Video

High Rise

See also Elevator Operations

See also Standpipe Operations

Examining Fighting Tactics under Wind-Driven Conditions
Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Peter Van Dorpe introduces this five-part presentation on how new fire research points the way to more effective ways to fight high-rise fires. Van Dorpe also summarizes the recent history of recent Chicago high-rise fires and assesses how scientific findings challenge the conventional tactics used to fight them. The Chicago Fire Department collaborated in the pioneering research, described in parts 3 and 4, that is changing the way the department fights wind-driven fires.

FDNY High Rise Handbook.pdf (Chief Jerry Tracy, FDNY)

FEMA Operational Considerations for Highrise Firefighting.pdf (U.S. Fire Administration/Technical Report, 1996)

High Rise Operations is a website created to keep you informed as well as provide high-quality content to help you battle your next highrise fire safely and efficiently. With the support of RescueAir, we will ensure you have the latest information to keep you safe and informed.

NIST High-Rise Fireground Field Experiments.pdf
In order to balance community expectations with limited resources, the fire service and community leaders require scientific data that quantifies the effects of changes in fire service deployment on the safety of the public and firefighters. This report, along with the companion Report on Residential Fireground Experiments, establish a technical basis for deployment of resources to fireground events with varying levels of underlying hazards.

Hose & Nozzles

See Fire Streams for discussion of flow rate selection and nozzle reaction

See Hose Handling for drills, resources and videos on hose handling, options for stretching and advancing hose

Balanced Fire Attack.pdf (George Oster & John Wiseman)
This booklet explains how to use the Task Force Tips Automatic Fog Nozzles to fight a confined structure fire with the least amount of water in the shortest possible time. The strategy and tactics presented are based upon the research done at Iowa State University by Nelson and Royer. Their research, beginning in 1951, is still valid today since it is based upon fundamental principles and scientific facts of fire behavior and water behavior.

The Exponential Engine (FE Blog Post)

Taking the Nozzle Forward: The Rule of Three (Aaron Fields webcast)
Breaking down the engine, the components and how they go together.

The Working Engine Company: An Examination (Aaron Fields webcast from FDIC 2014)
This talk adds form to the functions of an engine company on the fireground.


SLICE-RS - Principles of Modern Fire Attack
This is the original video produced by The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) to introduce SLICE-RS

Principles of Modern Fire Attack Video Series
ISFSI has unveiled a new online video training series on the SLICE-RS concept for structural firefighting. This is a continuation of the ISFSI’s Principles of Modern Fire Attack program. These videos are designed to support the initial SLICE-RS video released last year and are also made possible through a grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The ISFSI PMFA Instructors continue to travel across the country delivering their eight-hour program to firefighters for free. The grant provides funding to deliver 100 programs in 2015 nationwide.

SLICE-RS Sample Residential Fire Tactical Guide.pdf

#FEtalk on SLICERS and DICERS (additional videos)

Vehicle Fires

See Vehicle Extrication for links to resources on alternative fuel vehicles

Vehicle Fires: Assessment and Response (Firefighters Support Foundation)
This program consists of a 45-minute video program and an accompanying 30-slide PowerPoint presentation.