Fire Dynamics and the Fireground
This seminar can consist of classroom lecture style and will incorporate a small-scale fire behavior demonstration utilizing the “Palmer House” AKA “the dollhouse” into the program. Conducting a small-scale fire behavior demonstration brings the fire dynamics to life. It takes the classroom education and brings it to the students up close, personal and realistic. It demonstrates how our tactics impacts the fire dynamics both positively and negatively.
This class will show the relationship between Fire Dynamics and the FireGround. It’s a detailed approach of how fireground tactics and tasks affect fire dynamics. Students will be shown the relationship between fire dynamics and the fireground tactics through an interactive video-based discussion. The class will then move outside where utilizing a small-scale fire behavior demonstration attendee will see first-hand the relationship between fire dynamics, tactics and the fire building. The goal of firefighter safety research is to allow firefighters to become smarter, safer, and more efficient on the fireground. Firefighters have the opportunity to evolve by using firefighter safety research-based training as part of their core curriculum. The goal of this class is to bridge the gap between the science and the streets.
The Evolving Fireground
The Evolving Fireground is a FDIC classroom session from 2017, 2018 and 2019 that continues to receive excellent reviews. This fast-paced high-fidelity interactive class will discuss the relationship between fire dynamics and the fireground. We are throwing out the traditional PowerPoint lecture format and will facilitate an interactive conversation. We will discuss Fire Dynamics and how it impacts the tactical decisions. We will show and discuss the relationship between traditional tactics and the fire behavior. We will show you how your decisions and tasks impact the operations both positively and negatively. We have all been taught the fireground tasks. But, few of us have been taught the impact both good and bad those tasks can have on the fire and the incident operations. This class will bridge the gap between the science and streets and help guide you through the tried and true tasks that must occur on the fireground. Utilizing fire safety research, we will help you understand how to apply your tactics and how to effectively apply the research to your fire. We are throwing out the traditional PowerPoint lecture format and will facilitate an interactive conversation. All too often the educational environment is utilized to direct, guide and preach principals or tactics. This class we expand on the success we had at FDIC International and ditch the traditional PowerPoint program. By utilizing less than 10 PowerPoint slides to support and guide a discussion. The minimal slides were utilized to keep the class focused moving towards a goal of increased understanding. This class will bridge the gap between the science and streets and help guide attendees through the tried and true tasks that must occur on the fireground. Utilizing fire safety research, we will help attendees understand how to apply traditional tactics while utilizing the fire safety research.
Attack from The Burned Side
There are many different tactics for attacking structure fires. For years the fire service has been preaching to Attack from the Unburned Side. This isn’t always the best tactic. The modern fire ground is evolving more than ever before and with the use of research to enhance our procedures this class will show different tasks and tactics that can be used to extinguish fires from all angles. Using case studies paired with practical experience this class will examine the fallacies of the fire-ground. Recent firefighter safety research and data will be discussed in detail and the students will be shown how to apply Evidence Based Tactics in order to achieve a safer, smarter and more efficient fire ground. This class is against the grain of traditional firefighting and has a common-sense approach at fighting the fires that we face today.
P.J. Norwood is a Deputy Chief Training Officer for the East Haven CT Fire Department and has served with the CT Army National Guard. P.J. is a FDIC classroom, workshop and HOT Instructor, Fire Engineering Advisory Panel Member, Fire Engineering book and video author “The Evolving Fireground – Researched Based Tactics” and the “Tactical Perspectives DVD Series. P.J. also serves on the UL-FSRI Technical Panel for the Study of Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety. P.J. is a Public Safety Education Group advisory member for ULFSRI. He has lectured across the United States as well and overseas. He is certified to the Instructor II, Officer III, Fire Marshal and Paramedic level.
Sean Gray currently holds the rank of Fire Captain with Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services in Metro Atlanta and has been in the fire service since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering and is currently working on his master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been a member of multiple technical panels involving firefighter safety research and is an appointed member of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Advisory Board. Sean is a NFPA committee member for Fire Hose and Fire Service Training Facilities. He recently co-authored a PennWell Publications DVD and Book titled- The Evolving FireGround. He has also been published in multiple Fire Service magazines, is an FDIC H.O.T. Lead instructor, runs the website StopBelievingStartKnowing.com, and delivers evidence-based tactics training courses across the U.S