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Dec 20, 2016
Nicholas Papa posted a blog post

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"

     The title of this blog post is borrowed from Chief Van Dorpe’s 2012 FDIC keynote speech.  Within that address, he made one of the most profound statements regarding our duty as fire instructors:“Those of us who call ourselves instructors, those of us who are teachers, must be agents of change – we must be the early adopters.  We must be the people, the advocates of the new and the different: new techniques, strategies, new tactics.  But at the same time, we must never forget, we must never…See More
Jul 26, 2016
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The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part Four - Controlled

     The fireground is a highly dynamic environment that is layered with varying degrees of complexity and uncertainty.  Each incident we face will present its own set of variables, which must be specifically accounted for, and addressed accordingly – especially in regards to ventilation.  As Lt. Andy Fredericks (1996) once wrote, “…ventilation parameters are highly variable and may change many times during the course of a fire.”  DC Emanuel Fried (1972) similarly stated that “Every building…See More
Jul 12, 2016
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The Four Tenets of Ventilation: Part Three - Coordination

    Coordination is arguably the most influential and critical of the four tenets.  There are three elements of ventilation that determine its impact on the fireground: timing; location; and amount.  While there is a set of fundamental parameters for which they follow, each of these variables is inherently unique to every incident.  Communication with the interior crews is essential to properly addressing those factors and ensuring that any actions taken will facilitate a specific objective;…See More
Jun 15, 2016
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The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part Two - Deliberate

     The very basis for the act of ventilation is to enhance tenability and facilitate firefighting operations.  Being a supportive function, ventilation must be executed purposefully, with the resultant effect serving as an expedient towards achieving a specific objective.  Historically, ventilation has been employed as a means to address the two foremost incident priorities of life safety and fire extinguishment; precipitating the common expression “vent for life and vent for fire.”  To…See More
Apr 27, 2016
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The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part One - Informed

     On the fireground, information comes at a premium.  Because every situation we face is inherently unique, intelligence gathering is always a top priority.  From the moment an alarm is received, we are inundated with information – varying in degree of detail and accuracy.  That information must be immediately processed, utilizing our knowledge base and intuition, and translated into an appropriate action plan (also known as ‘Recognition-Primed Decision Making’ or RPD).  In the absence of a…See More
Apr 3, 2016
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Outnumbered Does Not Mean Outgunned

     How is it that the Navy SEALs (and other special operations forces) are able to continuously prevail in combat situations where they are grossly outnumbered?  What is it that allows them to defeat their enemies despite overwhelming adversity?  You may think the answer is simply their extensive cache of high-tech equipment, but you could not be any more wrong.  While possessing the most advanced hardware certainly bolsters their capabilities, they are merely supplemental in nature.  As the…See More
Mar 2, 2016
Nicholas Papa posted a blog post

Knee Walls: The Snake in the Grass

     Never let your guard down, always do your due diligence and trust your gut.  These are the lessons that were strongly reinforced at a structure fire I operated at on the afternoon of Monday, January 3, 2016.  We were the third-due engine company responding to a confirmed fire in a small, one and a half story bungalow (dormered second floor living area).  The first arriving company found the rear porch well involved in fire and stretched a 1.75” hand line.  Upon our arrival, we were…See More
Jan 5, 2016

Profile Information

Lives in:
Cheshire, CT
Department:
City of New Britain Fire Department
Title/rank:
Fire Lieutenant
Years of public service:
13
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
MPA in Emergency Management;
BS in Public Safety Administration;
FSI-III, FO-II, ISO
Rescue Tech: Confined Space, VMR, Rope, Trench
Aerial and Pump Operator
Topics you provide training for:
Ventilation
Fire Dynamics
Hose Line Deployment and Advancement
Forcible Entry
Bio:
Nick is a lieutenant with the City of New Britain (CT) Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Engine Co. 1, previously serving with Engine Co.'s 2, 5 and Ladder Co. 2. He is a second-generation firefighter with thirteen years of experience. Nick started out as a volunteer with the Newington (CT) Fire Department before joining the ranks of the NBFD. He is also an active fire instructor within the State of Connecticut. Nick has developed an original course on ventilation, called Tactical Ventilation: Bridging the Gap between Research and Reality, that will be delivered at the 2017 FDIC International. For more information and scheduling, he can be contacted at npapa17@yahoo.com or 860-883-0015.

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"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"

     The title of this blog post is borrowed from Chief Van Dorpe’s 2012 FDIC keynote speech.  Within that address, he made one of the most profound statements regarding our duty as fire instructors:

“Those of us who call ourselves instructors, those of us who are teachers, must be agents of change – we must be the early adopters.  We must be the people, the advocates of the new and the different: new techniques, strategies, new tactics.  But at the same time, we must never…

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Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:30am

The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part Four - Controlled

     The fireground is a highly dynamic environment that is layered with varying degrees of complexity and uncertainty.  Each incident we face will present its own set of variables, which must be specifically accounted for, and addressed accordingly – especially in regards to ventilation.  As Lt. Andy Fredericks (1996) once wrote, “…ventilation parameters are highly variable and may change many times during the course of a fire.”  DC Emanuel Fried (1972) similarly stated that “Every building…

Continue

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 6:00am

The Four Tenets of Ventilation: Part Three - Coordination

    Coordination is arguably the most influential and critical of the four tenets.  There are three elements of ventilation that determine its impact on the fireground: timing; location; and amount.  While there is a set of fundamental parameters for which they follow, each of these variables is inherently unique to every incident.  Communication with the interior crews is essential to properly addressing those factors and ensuring that any actions taken will facilitate a specific objective;…

Continue

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 6:00pm

The Four Tenets of Tactical Ventilation: Part Two - Deliberate

     The very basis for the act of ventilation is to enhance tenability and facilitate firefighting operations.  Being a supportive function, ventilation must be executed purposefully, with the resultant effect serving as an expedient towards achieving a specific objective.  Historically, ventilation has been employed as a means to address the two foremost incident priorities of life safety and fire extinguishment; precipitating the common expression “vent for life and vent for fire.”  To…

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Posted on April 27, 2016 at 10:00pm

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