N.Y.C. Fire Dept. Rethinking Tactics in House Fires

Are our tactics up to date with our enemy?

Are we doing the equivalent of fighting tanks with cavalry?


Still put the wet stuff on the red stuff? Sure, but not in the same way that we have for 30-40-50 years. Fire behavior has changed because of the stuff that burns, how MUCH of it burns and the construction of the buildings that they burn in.

Plastic fillings in sofas and mattresses burn faster than older fillings, leading the New York Fire Department to reconsider some long-held ideas on how to fight fires.

Can we “push” fire to to unburned areas?

How and when is it best to ventilate?

How soon is too soon to go defensive?

The nature of the fires that we fight is changing, demanding a re-examination of the answers to these questions.

See the full article at www.nytimes.com

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than twenty five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital based healthcare systems. Currently a career Fire Captain / Paramedic and EMS Coordinator Rom is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to research, magazines, and textbooks on topics of field operations, leadership, and education in emergency services. Contact Rom via www.romduck.com