CFTactics @ FDIC 2021 Indianapolis IN, PreConference Workshop, Water On The Fire, Next Week !!!

FDIC International will kick off their annual event next week with two days of pre-conference workshops at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis on Monday August 2nd, and Tuesday August 3rd, 2021.

Chief Curt Isakson will be presenting one of his signature and most passionate programs,  Water On The Fire,    Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM, in   Room 123-124.

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The following is a description of what FDIC attendees will have the opportunity to learn in more detail from Chief Isakson.

  • The fire service continues to rely on water as our primary means of extinguishment. Even though we have made tremendous advances in apparatus, bunker gear, and thermal imaging technology, WATER is still the most widely used and the most effective extinguishing agent at the majority of structure fires.
  • With these advances, we must not forget the longtime mainstays of the fire service: 2½-inch hose combined with low pressure nozzles are still highly effective and needed to move/deliver water to its final destination … the burning solid fuels.
  • This workshop will examine how to maximize hydrant flows, booster tank efficiency, and final delivery through both 1¾-inch and 2½-inch hose. We will cover when to use large-diameter hose vs. 2½-inch or three-inch hose as your supply/feeder lines.
  • Learn the pros and cons of all size fire hose in relation to moving water and using all types of master stream devices; master stream tip size, flow, and variables; and defensive and offensive modes of attack for the best overall fire extinguishment possibilities.
  • These most efficient fire extinguishment possibilities can only be effective if you have a complete understanding of how to get WATER on the FIRE!

Firefighter Rescue Survey Study Concluding, Chief Brian Brush

Nearly three months have passed since the Oklahoma State University, Firefighter Rescue Survey graduate research project has been collecting data on Fire Service Wins. This is the first research project of it’s kind, a paradigm shift from our traditional NFIRS USFA data collection.

Today marks the final weekly update published from the project. The news is good, the scientific data shows “It’s Worth The Risk”, and Firefighters are rescuing significant numbers of civilians from fires in residential homes. The fire service in the United States now has a tremendous number of facts and research between this project, and the completed UL studies. Fire departments now have the ability to make data-based decisions with confidence, and make updates to standard operating guidelines if the data shows it to be necessary.

CF Tactics made an educated guess early on in this study that the results would conclude firefighters are making a significant impact on the citizens they serve. We hope you shared that same thought as a member of our like minded community of fire service professionals.

Across the United States between January 1st, 2021, and March 28th, 2021, Firefighters rescued a total of 829 civilians from 431 residential fire incidents. Of the 829 rescued 630 survived to live another day due to the heroic efforts of firefighters.

If this is your first time encountering this data, review it, and start a conversation with your fellow firefighters about your plan for encountering a victim. As referenced in previous articles about the project, when arriving on the scene of a fire we must anticipate that:

  • Single Family Home Fires will have more than one victim.
  • Multi-Family Home Fires will have nearly three victims.

Listed at the end are a number of additional articles CF Tactics has published about the Firefighter Rescue Survey project, and real life GRABS.

While the last three months served as the data collection period for this study, we look forward to the final published research project results with any additional arguments or conclusions. See additional Firefighter Rescue Survey links below the CF Tactics articles.

Default Aggressive Saves 29 Year Old, Escambia County Fire Ladder 12, “GRABS Podcast 57” Brothers in Battle

On March 3rd, 2021, LT Daniel Mills, FF Jeff Fangman, and BC Curt Isakson, from Escambia County Fire Rescue, Pensacola Florida, were invited to a virtual sit down with Brothers in Battle, GRABS Podcast host, Grant Schwalbe. Ladder 12’s arrival video is posted for you to see what they saw on arrival at this house fire with a civilian rescue on January 28th, 2021.

CLICK NOW TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The podcast falls right in line with the update we posted yesterday on the academic research by Chief Brian Brush’s Firefighter Rescue Survey. Grant’s interview with the crew of Ladder 12 and Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, provides a deeper look into what it took for LT Daniel Mills, FF Jeff Fangman to get it done.

CF Tactics gives thanks to Brothers in Battle for inviting the members of Ladder 12 to tell their story linked near the bottom of this post. Podcast host Grant Schwalbe has fifty-six (56) other great stories of firefighters putting the citizen first, in their own words. Much can be learned from these first-hand interviews.

The Escambia County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4131 provided a glimpse into the mindset of the firefighters they represent with this statement. Though there was no report of anyone trapped, our “Default Aggressive” mindset from our culture dictates we still search until WE say the building is clear. Their quick actions, aggressive mindset, and years of training paid off with the saving of a 29-year-old male.

VIEW THE ABC 3 WEAR-TV NEWS REPORT AND FIRE SCENE VIDEO HERE.

Below you will find two links to listen to this podcast right here in this post by clicking play.

Grabs 57: Escambia County, FL (Jan 28, 2021)

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Listen to Grabs 57 on Apple Podcasts

Firefighter Rescue Survey Update, Chief Brian Brush, The Initial Results Are In

After two months of data collection, the results from the Firefighter Rescue Survey graduate research project continue to justify “It’s Worth The Risk”. Firefighters are rescuing significant numbers of civilians from fires in residential homes. We congratulate these Firefighters for putting the civilians first and providing them a chance to live another day.

To keep our readers in touch with this important data, We feel it is important for our readers to have direct access to Chief Brush’s most recent posts to influence and motivate those throughout their chain of command to put the citizens first. CountyFireTactics.com has created a page right here on our site for you to find the most recent updates from Firefighter Rescue Survey.

Across the United States between January 1st, 2021, and February 28th, 2021, Firefighters rescued a total of 594 civilians. Chief Brush has coined these statistics as “Fire Service Wins”. This is the first time someone has academically tracked this type of data.

  • 282 people rescued from Single Family and Mobile homes
  • 312 people rescued from Multi-Family dwellings
  • 10+ people rescued daily for the past eight weeks.

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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.

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Gallons Per Second, It’s Worth the Risk, Elsa-Edcouch TX, Chief Curt Isakson, CF Tactics

Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, County Fire Tactics, Pensacola Florida The Elsa Fire Department will be featuring Battalion Chief Curt Isakson, of County Fire Tactics (CF Tactics, CFT), on April 21st, 2021, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CDT, in neighboring Edcouch Texas.

Chief Isakson will deliver a one-day seminar featuring two programs, “Gallons Per Second”, and “It’s Worth the Risk”. The seminar venue will be the Edcouch-Elsa Fine Arts Center Auditorium This very passionate and in-your-face presentation is about recapturing the primary mission of the fire service.

The host has indicated the cost of your attendance at this seminar can be reimbursed through HB 2604 if you meet specific eligibility requirements. HB2604 is also known as the Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Programs.

Click here to learn more about Chief Curt Isakson by reading his speaker biography.

Contact Assistant Chief Joseph Martinez of the Elsa Fire Department utilizing the information on the seminar flyer for additional details. Click here to register and attend CF Tactics programs, Gallons Per Second, and It’s Worth the Risk.

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Firefighter Rescue Research Project, Brian Brush

Chief Brian Brush with a very important research project on firefighter rescues.

This could be one of the most important documents, with real world data to support the effectiveness of firefighters. When we started firefighterrescues.com this was what we invisioned. Between Firefighterrescuesurvey.com and Chief Brush heading up one the most critical research in recent history, progress WILL HAPPEN. Tactically VES & VES BEYOND THE DOOR making its way into Suburban America as a Life Saving option at Fires 🔥 will save additional Lives. Let’s KEEP PUSHING!!

 

 

 

Escambia County GRAB!

VES Grab through back window at 10am in the morning with no reports or signs of entrapment. Always SEARCH!!! Video below is from Ladder 12 arriving with view of heavy fire in the front half of the house. Also some radio traffic. Ladder 12 came off masked up. E16 was first on scene providing Rapid Fire Attack to create and maintain survivable space. Fast Water with Rapid Entry can make the difference between Life & Death. Coming off the apparatus ready to enter is Critical with today’s Fire Environment. The Booster Back-Up allowed the companies to search sooner and put Life before Water.

Escambia Ladder 12 Arriving behind Engine 16. Engine 16 with Fire Attack on Side A and Ladder 12 providing Booster Back-Up & Search of Side C. Battalion 2 arrived just behind E16 to provide Fireground Command.

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Escambia Ladder 12 made successful GRAB TODAY via rear window VES. They came off breathing air. All Escambia Fire 🔥 Companies performed Awesome 😎. They all assisted. Zero Reports of anyone trapped. No Cars in the driveway and no reports of entrapment. Basically appeared no one home. ALWAYS SEARCH!!!

BOOSTER BACK-Up. 4th Due Back Stretched to the hydrant. People before Water 💦

Escambia Grab!

On 9/21/2020 6 days after hurricane Sally devastated the Gulf Coast. Engine 17 and Strike 17 ( Strike 17 is a 4 man engine from East Lake Fire-Rescue Florida assigned to station 17 to assist with the heavy call load after the storm) dispatched to a residential structure fire. Engine 17 and strike 17 arrived on scene with a single story residential structure with heavy smoke showing. A resident in the front yard stated 1 occupant was still inside the structure. Engine 17 officer and firefighter made entry ahead of the hose line to search for the occupant. Strike 17 stretched hose line for fire attack.
The Interior search crew located a elderly female in a back bedroom. She was removed out of a window in the room she was located in to the outside vent team. Occupant was transported to local hospital.
Picture attached includes members from East Lake Fire-Rescue Strike team and Escambia County Fire-Rescue Engine 17. FF Justin Hammonds was apart of the rescue but not pictured.