Gallons Per Second, Summit Lake Apartments, Hartland Wisconsin

Fire in Hartland (Courtesy: Andy Fallon)

An early morning multiple-family dwelling fire on Wednesday, March, 31st, 2021 at the Summit Lake Apartments in Hartland Wisconsin was punched in the throat, CFT Gallons Per Second style. The first engine on the scene in the video below began FLOWING enough water to truly overwhelm the BTUs, seeing a RAPID change in conditions.

In this video from Hartland Wisconsin, Gallons Per Second decreased significant property damage to the other homes throughout the apartment building. As discussed in a previous CFT article, Gallons Per Second also provides the best chance of survival for THEM.

Weapon selection makes a difference when taking on the enemy. Learn more about choosing the right weapon for your next fire from Chief Isakson at the bottom of this article in Brass Tacks & Hard Facts Episode #1.

Nozzle Overview: Weapon Selection with Curt Isakson – Brass Tacks & Hard Facts Episode #1

Flashpoint: The Fire Inside Podcast, Chief Curt Isakson, Chief Frank Viscuso

Flashpoint: The Fire Inside PodcastOn March 4th, 2021, Chief Frank Viscuso recorded his recently released 26th episode of Flashpoint: The Fire Inside Podcast featuring Battalion Chief Curt Isakson – Enjoy the Ride. Chief Viscuso makes it known in the first minutes of the show that he features “People who have reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field”. For Chief Isakson, the pinnacle takes on many forms as a fire ground incident commander, professional speaker, motivator, educator, and consultant.

Other recent guests Chief Viscuso has hosted on Flashpoint include Rudy Ruettiger in The Power of the Dream, Mike Terpak in Never Stop Learning, John Hughes in People Over Profits, and Carli Lloyd in Embrace the Journey.

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What sets this podcast apart from others is a deep glimpse into the moments that molded and transformed Chief Isakson into the person we know in the present day. His ride in the fire service started going to fires in a 1971 Volvo station wagon when his Dad was the Fire Chief of the Midway Fire District in the Northwest Florida Panhandle.

Growing up in an Air Force military family stationed at Hurlburt Field, the home of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the principles of leadership, training, faith, family, and accountability were instilled into Curt’s DNA at a young age. Chief Isakson’s motivation, purpose, and passion have evolved from both success and failure which catapulted him to embrace a quote from his father. Chief Roy Isakson passed on to his son that if he really wanted to save lives, he should train others to save lives.

The topic teasers and nuggets mentioned above only touch the surface of this hour and twenty-two-minute podcast with Chief Frank Viscuso. He characterizes Curt Isakson as the most passionate person he knows in the fire service. Below you will find links to watch or listen to this podcast.

The YouTube video of this episode is also posted on CountyFireTactics.com Podcasts & Webcasts page featuring 13 podcast guest appearances, and 39 personal webcasts from the dock, airports, vehicles, and the cottage, because they are all in the county.

Gallons Per Second, Creates Survivable Space, 2.50″ Smooth Bore Attack, Water On The Fire

“Water on The Fire” with the mindset of “Gallons Per Second” is a tactic that creates and maintains survivable space for fire victims. Regardless of rank, we must evolve our fireground mindset from Gallons Per Minute, and Punch the Fire right in the Throat!

If you are FLOWING enough water to truly overwhelm the BTUs, then in only SECONDS you will see a RAPID change in conditions. Gallons Per Second will provide the best chance of survival for THEM. Utilizing a 2.50″ Smooth Bore Nozzle at the right pressure on advanced fire conditions makes a difference for the citizens in only seconds, lots of gallons per second.

The video below shows a mobile home well involved with fire and a back bedroom that had a fully survivable space for occupants. The 2.50″ hose and 1 1/8″ tip in the video punches this fire in the throat. Even though the fire rapidly self-vented from the front windows, the temperature in the rear bedroom never surpassed 100 degrees because the bedroom door was closed, and only had light smoke infiltration.

Tip Size and Water Delivery in Gallons Per Second on 2.50″ hose.

  • 1 1/8 at 40psi = 3.95 GPS
  • 1 1/8 at 50psi = 4.42 GPS
    • 55 Gallons in 13 seconds
  • 1 1/8 at 60psi = 4.85 GPS
  • 1 3/16 at 40psi = 4.40 GPS
  • 1 3/16 at 50psi = 4.93 GPS
    • 55 Gallons in 11 seconds
  • 1 3/16 at 60psi = 5.40 GPS

Modern fires must be “Hit Hard, Hit Fast, and Backed Up”. Not all citizens have the benefit of an Engine and Truck Company rolling out of the same station to their home when it is on fire. While a number of initial fire ground tactics are necessary, fire ground incident commanders and initial company officers must choose how to make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.

This can be seen as an example of “Time Delayed Tactics”. A number of tactics must be accomplished by the initial arriving companies at the scene of any incident. But implementing the ones that will make the biggest impact first is graduating beyond minimum standards and the “Check-In The Box” style of incident command.

By applying the right amount of water right away to offset the tremendous BTU’s makes a difference for the citizen. Gallons Per Second is like dropping a Five Gallon Bucket on a Cigarette. Damage to property occurs during a fire, however, “You Can Dry It Out, But You Can’t Unburn It, FLOW WATER”.

Water On The Fire makes everything better and on a 1.75″ hose the 7/8 tip is Chief Isakson’s personal choice. It’s is the original Select-O-Matic nozzle delivering solid water without fog.

Tip Size and Water Delivery in Gallons Per Second on 1.75″ hose.

  • 7/8 at 40psi = 2.38 GPS
  • 7/8 at 50psi = 2.66 GPS
    • 55 Gallons in 20 seconds
  • 7/8 at 60psi = 2.93 GPS
  • 15/16 at 40psi = 2.75 GPS
  • 15/16 at 50psi = 3.08 GPS
    • 55 Gallons in 18 seconds
  • 15/16 at 60psi = 3.33 GPS

Learn more about water delivery, fire attack, and Gallons Per Second at County Fire Tactics annual Water On The Fire Conference (WOFC) August 24th–26th, 2021, with two days of lecture, and one day of hands-on training at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center.

Live Webcast Streaming NOW, Thursday March 4th, 2021, 7:00 pm, CF Tactics Chief Isakson, Strike the Box Training

“Strike the Box Training” has started their “Thirsty Thursday” live webcast with Chief Isakson. Tonight’s theme and title of this webcast is “Citizen Oriented Firefighting” broadcasting via YouTube.com.

Click on the video framed below to watch live now.

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

Live Webcast, Thursday March 4th, 2021, 7:00 pm, CF Tactics Chief Isakson, Strike the Box Training

“Strike the Box Training” will invite Chief Isakson to be the guest on their weekly Live Webcast, “Thirsty Thursday”, March 4th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The theme and title of this podcast will be “Citizen Oriented Firefighting” broadcasting via YouTube.com. The video framed below will go live when you click play at showtime. See the full flyer graphic at the bottom of this post

Strike the Box Training indicated they even ordered extra bandwidth to handle the large expected audience for their 24th episode. The time Chief Ike shares with Chief Trevor Steedman, Lieutenant Bobby Magee, and Captain Ben Waples will be full of fire service passion, and discuss putting the citizens we are sworn to protect before ourselves. This topic is in line with County Fire Tactics “It’s Worth The Risk” message.

Reserve some time on your night off, or log some training hours after your evening meal at the fire station with your crew. If you’re home ask your spouse to join you and get a glimpse of the passion you have burning inside you, and why we train to “Live Without Regret”. Stop by our house, open this post, and watch the show right here.

Shhhhhhhhhh …. another passionate fire service discussion is coming soon, Chief Frank Viscuso has invited Chief Isakson to appear on his show Flashpoint: The Fire Inside Podcast. More details coming soon.

Until we see you again this week on Thursday evening, get fired up listening to Curt on Weekly Scrap # 70 from January 2021 with host Corley Moore from Firehouse Vigilance. Scroll down to listen… Continue reading

HROC Pensacola Beach, Forcible Entry, Door Control, FDNY Rescue 1, Captain Morris

FDNY Rescue 1, Captain Robert Morris (ret), lead the FDNY Engine Co. and Truck Co. Operations Hands On Training (HOT) Track last week at County Fire Tactics annual High Rise Operations Conference (HROC), at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center.

The forcible entry and door control training video below is only a glimpse of the amazing training nuggets FDNY Captain Robert Morris (ret), FDNY Captain Rex Morris, and other instructors provided the 100’s of Firefighters from across the United States who were in attendance.

When you attend a CFT event our goal is to provide our attendees the most highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors from all over the country who share a passion for making our profession as safe as possible while being as aggressive as possible. Continue reading

850 FIREMAN Panhandle FD Profile

Check out this cool video profile of a Panhandle Fire Department. This is the Midway Fire District, located in the Panhandle of Florida in Santa Rosa County. MFD is between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola and covers a large area of residential and commercial. Many residents who live here commute to FWB or Pensacola. This is a top shelf FD with great firefighters. Check out “a day in the life” of the Midway 850 Fireman.