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.
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.
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 & Webcastspage featuring 13 podcast guest appearances, and 39 personal webcasts from the dock, airports, vehicles, and the cottage, because they are all in the county.
“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.
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.
“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.
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 →
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.