HROC X 2 for 2017

HROC x 2 “High Rise & Heavy Rescue Operations Conference”

December 12-14, 2017 on Pensacola Beach


Andrew Brassard
Mike Ciampo
Bill Gustin
Curt Isakson
Rick Kolomay
Mike Lombardo
Dennis LeGear
Ray McCormack
Jim McCormack
Dave McGrail
Bob Morris
Steve Robertson
Kyle Smith
Shannon Stone
Kevin Story
Jerry Tracy
And a lot more.

Where else can you actually STRETCH & FLOW off an occupied HIGH RISE??

FREE SHUTTLE from Pensacola Airport
FREE BEER everyday
Hilton Rooms $95 a night.


UL Coordinated Fire Attack Research Panel

Im VERY EXCITED to be selected for the UL Coordinated Fire Attack Panel. Im very passionate about Fire Attack and providing the best TACTICS for today’s FIRES. WATER ON THE FIRE is one of my biggest priorities as a Firefighter/Officer and it’s coordination with Ventilation is so CRITICAL for both the firefighter and any CIVILIANS that could be TRAPPED!!

It’s About Them!!


Letter of being selected below with details of the project. I take this selection serious and will give 100%. I will be looking to hear your voice as a CFT Follower and pass it on to those heading up this important research.


You’ve been selected as a volunteer participant on the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institutes Advisory Panel for the project titled “Study of Coordinated Attack in Acquired Structures”. This 3-year project will incorporate experiments in acquired structures to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategic plan chosen during fire suppression operations with an emphasis on the coordination of ventilation and suppression. Experiments will focus on three occupancy types; single family residential homes, multi-family residential structures (apartments) and strip malls. Attach you will find the research proposal for the project.

You were one of 19 individuals selected from over 200 applicants based on geography, department type, department size, rank and years of experience with the goal of assembling a diverse group representative of the U.S. Fire Service. Your primary role is to assist FSRI in ensuring the research is directed to the target audience (the U.S. Fire Service) and that the end product of the research is able to be easily disseminated into practice.

What is expected of those selected? The project requires 3 trips for in person meetings; an Introductory Planning Meeting in Columbia, MD (most likely in fall 2017), Witnessing of Experiment(s) (TBD Based on structure availability) and a Summary Meeting in Columbia, MD (summer of 2019). UL FSRI will cover all travel expenses associated with these trips. We are not able to cover salary expenses for missed time as a result of attending the meetings. Permission to participate from your fire departments management is not required but we highly encourage it.

What we need right now? Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail by replying to with your best contact information (e-mail and phone number).

We look forward to your participation in this study.


Robin Zevotek, PE
Lead Engineer
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
6200 Old Dobbin Lane – Suite # 150
Columbia, MD 21045 USA


Tactical Safety: Charge-Bleed-Attack


Tactical Safety for Firefighters
By Ray McCormack

Charge – Bleed – Attack

These are the three last steps you take as an engine company on your way to fire extinguishment. That is the order – NOT attack, charge, bleed.

You charge your hoseline, you bleed the excess entrained air from the line and you attack the fire.

Charging the line is more than pulling a handle. It involves knowing what size line has been pulled and how much hose has been stretched and the type of nozzle being used. Those are the big numbers that the pump operator must calculate so that your hoseline has the correct pressure. Elevation and target flow requirements finish off the equation.

Bleeding a hoseline is a step you should take seriously. The amount of flow is measured at this step. Remember that this step should be a solo act as your backup may be…

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