Control of Fireground Operations
(8 min sample)
When the correct expectations are set and followed, the fireground generally runs safer and more efficiently. Chief Anthony Avillo walks us through those expectations with his steps of fireground control. Going from pre-fire planning through post-control operations, Chief Avillo illustrates how creating an appropriate command structure and communicating effectively within that structure—both up and down the chain of command—creates an environment that is both safe and effective.
Firefighter Rescue: It’s All About The Technique
(5 min sample)
Often on the fireground, even when working in a large department, tasks are performed by small groups of two to four individuals. When things go wrong on the fireground, seconds count. You may not have time to wait for the other firefighters or the rapid intervention team (RIT) to arrive. With that philosophy in mind, Captain David Umfleet and Captain Chad Foster have taken a close look at many of the training evolutions that are common in the fire service and asked one simple question: “Can this rescue be accomplished with fewer resources, either people or equipment?” Umfleet and Foster found that in many cases they were able to refine or alter a common technique to allow one or two firefighters to rescue a downed brother or sister.
Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics Video #16: High Rise
(5 min sample)
Chief John Norman, using the vast experience of his career as a FDNY firefighter, guides you through the tactics and procedures that help ensure a positive outcome during a high-rise office building fire.
The Art of Reading Smoke: Vol 1
(5 min sample)
Often, smoke issuing from a building is the only clue available to predict fire behavior and the likelihood of a flashover or rapid fire spread. First-arriving officers must read smoke before choosing attack tactical priorities! Incident Commanders and Safety Officers must know how to rapidly read smoke in order to keep firefighters within an acceptable risk-profile. Chief Dave Dodson’s The Art of Reading Smoke series contains live-action clips & real-world examples that can apply to many situations.
Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job–Full Day Seminar
(6 min sample)
Chief Rick Lasky presents his renowned full day seminar on instilling pride and ownership in the fire service. Throughout this one-of-a-kind presentation, Chief Lasky offers upfront and honest criticism on the need to reignite the love of the job at every level, from chief down to probie.
Bread & Butter Operations: Ventilation
(3 min sample)
In the Ventilation video, firefighter Joe Alvarez looks at the basic characteristics of smoke and heat, and shows how to use those characteristics to properly vent a fire. He looks at both horizontal and vertical ventilation, the two primary ways to vent a fire using natural ventilation.