Death on the Nozzle, Boarded Up, Trust Your Gut, Nozzle Firefighter, Coordinated Attack

A coordinated fire attack is essential in our modern fire environment where fires are burning hotter and faster than ever with our synthetic home furnishings. Civilian lives are depending on the synchronized actions of firefighters to remove heat and improve their oxygen-deficient atmosphere. Together the fire conditions and civilian lives present tremendous challenges for the incident commander and the nozzle firefighter that at times will require you to listen to that voice inside called gut instinct.

Oscar Armstrong

County Fire Tactics asks you to take a moment of pause while reading this article to remember the loss of Firefighter Oscar Armstrong II 18 years ago today, March 21st, 2003. In March 2003, Firefighter Armstrong was assigned to the nozzle position when his life suddenly ended in a flashover during a residential fire at 1131 Laidlaw Avenue in the Bond Hill section of Cincinnati Ohio. At the time of his death, he was 25 years old and left behind two children, and a fiance expecting the birth of another child.

 

When the incident commander arrives on the scene, regardless of rank or vehicle style, the framework for the overall success of the fire begins with the scene size-up, selection of the tactics that will put out the fire based on manpower available, and the tempo at which the tactics are carried out. The photo shows smoke coming from a one-story wood frame with a central hallway leading from the front to the rear. This older home is sealed up tight, boarded up windows, and a damaged roof tarped with furring strips. A gut instinct by the IC drove a slightly slower tempo in recognizing the potential for extreme fire conditions upon opening up this oxygen or ventilation limited fire.

257 Elm Street Atlanta Georgia

This fire occurred less than six months after Firefighter Steven Solomon lost his life in a fire that occurred on November 23rd, 2006 at 257 Elm Street in Atlanta Georgia. Chief Isakson attended Firefighter Solomon’s funeral and received a first-hand account from an Atlanta Fire Chief regarding the initial conditions and operations where Steven lost his life. Isakson’s gut instinct to slow the tempo and open up before letting his firefighters advance was based on the fire behavior similarities that the two fires presented.

Steven Solomon

The unedited house fire video below shows in real-time how the nozzle firefighter is challenged more than ever to read smoke, understand fire behavior, and prevent rapidly changing fire conditions through the proper application of water with a gallons per second mindset. Gallons Per Second is a firefighter’s primary weapon to level the playing field and defeats the enemy by controlling and reducing the heat, also known as the third leg of the fire triangle. The video also captures the actions of both firefighters and the driver operator confirming proper stretch of the attack lines, proper operational pump discharge pressure, and adequate fire flow to get water on the fire in the right gallons per second.

 

 

The time-delayed tactics employed during the operation included utilizing the booster backup concept from the second due unit, and utilizing the third due unit for a sustained water supply. The fire was controlled with only about 1,500 gallons of tank water from the first two engines on scene. Employing actions like these place people before water in support of incident priorities on the modern fire ground.

During the initial fire attack, the ongoing size up revealed a separate one-bedroom apartment only accessible from the Charlie side of the structure. The line going down the Bravo side continued the interior fire attack in this section of the converted single-family home. Direct water application through interior fire attack allows firefighters to rapidly remove heat, and replace it with oxygen through our fire ground tactics. Water creates and maintains survivable space giving trapped civilians the highest probability of survival. View a related article titled “Gallons Per Second, Creates Survivable Space, 2.50″ Smooth Bore Attack, Water On The Fire”.

As referenced above, from the Nozzle Firefighter to the Fireground Commander, knowledge and understanding of fire behavior and fire dynamics is more important than ever before. By studying ALL of the UL studies we can continue to operate as an aggressive fire service utilizing scientific facts to occupy interior space and improve incident outcomes for civilians and firefighters. Part of this knowledge must include the opportunity for more than one flashover event.

Maurice Bartholomew

While the first room may flash in as little as three minutes and twenty seconds (00:03:20), other compartments within the structure will continue to heat and await additional oxygen as seen in this ventilation limited fire. UL has conducted tremendous fire behavior research in real structures over the past decade. UL’s scientific research indicates the first flashover in a structure occurs between 00:03:20 and 00:04:50 during four experiments under similar conditions from 2009 to 2020. View the newly produced UL fire video.

Fire conditions rapidly evolve and as professionals, we must continue to educate our peers, and superiors on the need for training, proper fire flows, and nozzles capable of punching the fire in the throat. Train and mentor your brother and sister firefighters. This article is written in memory of Maurice Bartholomew, Steven Solomon, Oscar Armstrong, and all firefighters who have died on the nozzle.

CF Tactics Seminar Agenda, Command & Control of Fires & Emergencies by Vincent Dunn, Chief Curt Isakson

$225 with 'FIRST20' Discount Code Full Registration Investment $299

Chief Isakson has released the agenda and for his upcoming two-day Command and Control class April 12th-13th, 2021, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hilton Hotel on Pensacola Beach. This seminar-style event is limited to 48 professionals without only about 20 seats remaining. The program size promotes manageable classroom interaction and nightly networking opportunities.

 

This class offering will differ from County Fire Tactics “Commanding from the Sidelines” seminar that took place November 17th-19th, 2020 at the Pensacola Beach Hilton.

This seminar will blend Chief Dunn’s book with what Chief Isakson’s mentors have taught him, and what he has learned in 17 years of commanding fires as Battalion Chief in a diverse countywide setting.

Fire Officers today are juggling an infinite number of job duties related to administration, budgets, political interaction, medical response, fire prevention, inspections, and more.

The class agenda will be focused on topics from Command & Control of Fires & Emergencies by Vincent Dunn, to bring the active fire officer back to their primary focus, Fighting fires and responding to emergencies.

In a recent webcast interview with Strike the Box Training LLC, Chief Isakson said this class will be different from his other programs in the fact that he will discuss the need to have eyes on the fire building, allowing the incident commander to see in mere seconds what is and is not working, and make an immediate tactical decision. Why? … Because Tactics Put Out Fires !!!

CF Tactics Command & Control Seminar Agenda

  • Command Presence
  • Life-and-Death Decision Making
  • Locating a Fire
  • Size-up of a Fire
  • Command and Control at a Fire
  • Hoseline Placement
  • Preventing Fire Spread
  • Changing Strategy
  • Ventilation
  • Terrorism
  • Fireground Communications
  • Demobilization
  • Fireground Dangers
  • Products of Combustion
  • Managing Fireground Risks and Dangers
  • Epilogue
  • Answers to Study Questions
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HOTEL DISCOUNT CODES HERE BEACH DINING & NETWORKING$225 with 'FIRST20' Discount Code.Full Registration Investment $299

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CF Tactics Command & Control, Fitness, Family, Friends, Firemanship, Pensacola Beach FL

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Pensacola Beach Florida is getting off the couch, and the open sign is now lit for fitness, friends, family, and firemanship in the Spring of 2021.

The Gulf Coast Marathon is the first of two physical fitness events during the month of April 2021. The other event is the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge.

On Sunday, April 11th, 2021, 7:00 am CDT, Run Pensacola’s 12th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon and the 9th Annual Quentin Cooper Liver Life 5K will be held on Pensacola Beach. Run alongside white sand and Gulf-front views in memory of a senior at Gulf Breeze High School who lost his battle with liver cancer on May 26, 2013. Proceeds from the race each year are put into an account for students in similar situations.

1/2 Marathon Registration $65.00 …… 5 kilometer Registration $35.00

Join Chief Curt Isakson and his amazing wife Jessica as they continue their movement, of improvement, inspiration, and community support.“It’s Worth The Risk” to arrive a day ahead of the seminar, make a move, and participate with the Isakson’s in the Half Marathon or 5k as they both have Run or Walk options.

After you arrive at the joint finish line in front of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, you will have the opportunity to network with the Isakson’s and like-minded people for a post-race social.

$225 with 'FIRST20' Discount Code ……Full Registration Investment $299

County Fire Tactics Command & Control Seminar starts one day later… Continue reading

“Registration Now Open” Command & Control Class, Pensacola Beach FL, Chief Curt Isakson, CF Tactics

$225 with 'FIRST20' Discount Code ……Full Registration Investment $299 Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, County Fire Tactics, Pensacola Florida Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, founder of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT) will host a two-day Command and Control class April 12th-13th, 2021, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in picture-perfect Pensacola Beach, Florida. The venue for this program will be the Pensacola Beach Hilton.

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Registration is now OPEN, and the first 20 to register using the discount code “FIRST20” will attend for an investment of only $225.

The program covers Chief Vincent Dunn’s Command and Control book and blends Chief Isakson’s 17-years of experience as a line Battalion Chief commanding fires in a metropolitan county. Isakson’s immersion into this countywide working environment requires the use of both rural and urban fire-tactics. Continue reading

Command & Control Class, Pensacola Beach FL, Chief Curt Isakson, CF Tactics

$225 with 'FIRST20' Discount Code ……Full Registration Investment $299 Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, County Fire Tactics, Pensacola Florida Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, founder of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT) will host a two-day Command and Control class April 12th-13th, 2021, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in picture-perfect Pensacola Beach, Florida. The venue for this program will be the Pensacola Beach Hilton.

REGISTER NOW

 

Registration is now OPEN, and the first 20 to register using the discount code “FIRST20” will attend for an investment of only $225.

The program covers Chief Vincent Dunn’s Command and Control book and blends Chief Isakson’s 17-years of experience as a line Battalion Chief commanding fires in a metropolitan county. Isakson’s immersion into this countywide working environment requires the use of both rural and urban fire-tactics. Continue reading

Brian Brush, Firefighter Rescue Survey, This is going to be HUGE

Over the past 10-years, significant research has been conducted on firefighting operations, tactics, and service delivery. Studies on how we do business when the bell rings and we roll out of the fire station have been authored and published by NIST, UL FSRI, and the ATF. The results of these studies have driven significant changes in the fire service.

But until 2021, the fire service has been missing out on a huge data set that will be the next significant change in how we do business. NFIRS and other data collection programs focus purely on the negative, lost lives, property loss, firefighter deaths, etc. While we know that we have been saving civilian lives in residential fires all across the nation, Brian Brush is on a mission to prove it through academic research.

Welcome to the 2021 Fireground Civilian Rescue Research Project. Hold onto your seat, because the initial results are already astonishing. County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT) stands with and backs this initiative by Chief Brush. The final results are going to be HUGE, providing evidence to what we already know, that it’s worth the risk. Firefighter Rescue Survey is the first of its kind, focusing purely on saving lives, our primary mission focus.

Initial results of the 2021 Fireground Civilian Rescue Research Project Continue reading

The County Fire Tactics Webinar Series

The County Fire Tactics (CFT, CF Tactics) Webinar Series

In January 2021, Fire Nuggets approached County Fire Tactics to offer an exclusive webinar series. Why? In the words of Fire Nuggets, “County Fire Tactics are a top-notch group of firefighters who get it!” During the original release, students were able to view all of the webisodes for the low cost of only $50.00.

That original offer from Fire Nuggets expired on February 8th, 2021. But the same great training is offered at the low investment of $10.00 per webisode.

Fire Nuggets indicates that 100% of the revenue generated through this series goes towards getting training on the streets and that all our their board members volunteer their time to run their organization.

These webinars from County Fire Tactics Instructors through Fire Nuggets will provide you 13 hours, 16 minutes, 47 seconds of instruction at a low investment of only $70.00, it’s worth the risk, and the investment.

Command Officer Boot Camp 2021 (COBC)

County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT), will host its annual Command Officer Boot Camp (COBC) Conference May 11th–13th, 2021, in beautiful Pensacola Beach, Florida.

COBC is a one of a kind family-friendly fire conference offering educational sessions on Leadership, Tactics, & Relationships. The event will take place in-person at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center in the Royal Palm Ballroom and feature more than 10 different speakers listed below.

  • Chief Todd Edwards
  • Chief Curt Isakson
  • Chief Dave McGrail
  • Chief John Salka
  • Chief Shannon Stone
  • Chief Mike Terpak
  • Chief Scott Thompson
  • Chief Frank Viscuso
  • Captain Dena Ali
  • Lieutenant Ray McCormack
  • Lieutenant Steve Robertson
  • * Special Keynote Presenter *

CF Tactics designed this program for someone who wants to increase their personal and professional motivation while creating an opportunity to elevate their career. The speakers at Command Officer Boot Camp 2021 will present on subjects covering Leadership, Tactics, and Relationships in Life and Marriage. COBC is ideal for all ranks of firefighters, fire officers, and their spouses to connect with colleagues and like-minded people.

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CFT COBC encourages spouse and family attendance by offering:

  • Spouse Friendly Conference Registration Rate.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner discounts with the CFT wristband at many local restaurants within walking distance of the Hilton.
  • Beverage discounts are available with the purchase of a CFT Tumbler in the Oleander Room for use at many local restaurants.
  • Complimentary Beach Chairs and Beach Umbrellas provided courtesy of County Fire Tactics for registered spouses.
  • The white sandy beaches and emerald green waters on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Reduced room rates at two Hilton brand properties.
  • Networking opportunities for spouses and fire service personnel.

Book Your Hotel The Hilton Pensacola Beach is the venue and host hotel for Command Officer Boot Camp 2021 (COBC). The neighboring Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach shares the Hilton property. Both of these locations offer discounted rooms during this program. The CFT discount group code for COBC 2021 is COB. HILTON HOTEL ROOMS FROM $159 HAMPTON INN ROOMS FROM $139   Ground Transportation to and from PNS Airport for FREE … FREE !!! County Fire Tactics has you covered with ground transportation to and from the Pensacola International Airport (PNS) the day before, and the day after the conference.

  • Arrivals on Monday, May 10th, 2021 will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle Service vehicle outside Baggage Claim 3 at PNS.
  • Departures on Friday, May 14th, 2021 will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle Service vehicle outside the Hilton Hotel lobby.

Rides times to and from Pensacola Beach are extended due to the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge following significant damage sustained during Hurricane Sally in September 2020.