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P.J. Norwood's Discussions

UL-FSRI Measuring Success Survey

Started Aug 28, 2015

Advice, suggestions requested! Patient movement/removal devices
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Piepenburg Apr 30, 2013.

Dearborn Michigan Close Call Roof Collapse
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elliot Belote May 10, 2012.

Let's talk about elevator emergencies.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Shareef Abdu Nur Apr 5, 2012.

Can-Am 650 Quad and FD usage
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Hardin Sep 29, 2011.

Impact of the UL Study on Ventilation and Fire Behavior
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kriska Aug 25, 2011.

Safety Officer - incident checklists
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike France Jun 1, 2011.

CT Regional Airport's Full Scale Exercise
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lt. Billy Greenwood Apr 28, 2011.

Architectural Magic
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Naff May 3, 2011.

Don't let this happen to you!
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P.J. Norwood East Haven, CT

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P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Stop Believing Start Knowing on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Sean Gray and I had the privilege to be guests on Capt. Mike Gagliano’s and Capt. Mike Dugan’s Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show. Sean and I are grateful and humbled by this opportunity and want to encourage you to listen to the archived show.To help encourage you we wanted to give you an idea the topics we discussed.We started the discussion on what does and where did Stop Believing Start Knowing begin. Some feel the name is offensive and we should cease…See More
Jan 6
P.J. Norwood's blog post was featured

The Fire Tetrahedron

When we enter the fire service we attend a lesson on fire behavior. This lesson may be taught many different ways, but the concepts are generally the same. Traditionally, this lesson is scheduled as a mere four block of the Firefighter I curriculum.The lesson invariably covers the fire tetrahedron and basic fire behavior terminology (flashover, backdraft, rollover etc.), along with some warning signs of these phenomenas.  While the terminology may vary by publisher and edition, the definitions…See More
Oct 3, 2016
P.J. Norwood and Andrew Cooke are now friends
Sep 30, 2016
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

The Fire Tetrahedron

When we enter the fire service we attend a lesson on fire behavior. This lesson may be taught many different ways, but the concepts are generally the same. Traditionally, this lesson is scheduled as a mere four block of the Firefighter I curriculum.The lesson invariably covers the fire tetrahedron and basic fire behavior terminology (flashover, backdraft, rollover etc.), along with some warning signs of these phenomenas.  While the terminology may vary by publisher and edition, the definitions…See More
Sep 30, 2016
P.J. Norwood is now friends with Mark J. Cotter, Robert James (RJ) and James Johnson
Jan 20, 2016
P.J. Norwood's blog post was featured

Job Related Hazards

When I first became married senior firefighters were quick to inform me of the dangers of wearing my wedding band while working. I defied the warnings and continued to wear my ring. I have seen photos over the years of “degloved” fingers and other injuries related to wearing jewelry on the fireground.This week a mentor of mine who has recently retired but continues to perform vehicle maintenance proudly showed me his finger. He was working on a department vehicle while holding a wrench…See More
Jan 20, 2016
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Job Related Hazards

When I first became married senior firefighters were quick to inform me of the dangers of wearing my wedding band while working. I defied the warnings and continued to wear my ring. I have seen photos over the years of “degloved” fingers and other injuries related to wearing jewelry on the fireground.This week a mentor of mine who has recently retired but continues to perform vehicle maintenance proudly showed me his finger. He was working on a department vehicle while holding a wrench…See More
Jan 15, 2016
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

The Foundation of Your Department

The members of your department skill set starts when they enter the service. Through their recruit or initial training they begin to build a foundation that will carry them through their career. This training and education is the foundation they will build upon.Just like a home, the foundation is only the beginning. Through training, education, experience of others passed down and being lead not managed they begin to become well-rounded functioning firefighters.The department's standard…See More
Dec 14, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a discussion

UL-FSRI Measuring Success Survey

Please take a few minutes of your valuable time to help shape the future of the fire service. UL-FSRI has worked hard over the past 10 years to provide the fire service with firefighter safety research to help us learn more about the fire environment and our tactics. Help UL-FSRI measure their success by completing this short survey. Your feedback is important.Thank You from the UL-FSRI Measuring Success Task GroupCharles Bailey- Assistant Chief Montgomery County, MD Mike Gagliano- Captain…See More
Aug 28, 2015
P.J. Norwood's blog post was featured

Are You Courageous Enough?

This week’s Fire Engineering Google Hang out brought together a wealth of information that firefighters and officers can do today to reduce their risk to cancer. On behalf of Chief Bobby Halton we hosted Tim Elliott and Keith Tyson from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).We had a very lively and spirited discussion surrounding a taboo topic in many firehouses. Every firefighter needs to clearly understand that firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every…See More
Aug 28, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Are You Courageous Enough?

This week’s Fire Engineering Google Hang out brought together a wealth of information that firefighters and officers can do today to reduce their risk to cancer. On behalf of Chief Bobby Halton we hosted Tim Elliott and Keith Tyson from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).We had a very lively and spirited discussion surrounding a taboo topic in many firehouses. Every firefighter needs to clearly understand that firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every…See More
Aug 27, 2015
P.J. Norwood and Scott Rodgers are now friends
Aug 22, 2015
P.J. Norwood's blog post was featured

Being a Mentor, By John Fogg

The following words are not mine. They are from Firefighter John Fogg from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He posted the below on a FaceBook page and it grabbed my attention. While they are not my words I agree 100% with him.I encouraged him to re-post his thoughts here on the Fire Engineering Training Community. He asked me to do it for him. So here you go in the words of John Fogg, well done Brother! Being a Mentor  These pictures tell a story that every fireman should know.... A story about…See More
Aug 22, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Being a Mentor, By John Fogg

The following words are not mine. They are from Firefighter John Fogg from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He posted the below on a FaceBook page and it grabbed my attention. While they are not my words I agree 100% with him.I encouraged him to re-post his thoughts here on the Fire Engineering Training Community. He asked me to do it for him. So here you go in the words of John Fogg, well done Brother! Being a Mentor  These pictures tell a story that every fireman should know.... A story about…See More
Aug 13, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

"VEIS is for second floor windows only"

Sometimes as an instructor you will struggle to find the right way to answer an attendee without embarrassing him or her. Recently, while lecturing at a seminar I was told the vent, enter, isolate, search tactic (VEIS) is for second floor windows only. I asked the attendee to explain why he felt that way. His reply was more mind boggling then his original statement. "We only train for VEIS for second floor windows"! This was a valuable lesson for me as an instructor. If I engaged my mouth…See More
Apr 2, 2015
P.J. Norwood's blog post was featured

FDIC International 2015 - The Bridge Between Research and Tactics

The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about them both. We must also know and train on all of our tactics to combat the enemy so everyone goes home. …See More
Mar 24, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

FDIC International 2015 - The Bridge Between Research and Tactics

The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about them both. We must also know and train on all of our tactics to combat the enemy so everyone goes home. …See More
Mar 22, 2015
P.J. Norwood and Douglas Mitchell, Jr. are now friends
Mar 22, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control – Part 4 Taking It To The Streets

This multi-part blog series has focused on the ventilation issues that occur on our fireground and their impact on the tactical assignments. We have discussed when doors and windows fail and the devastating impact a failure can have on companies operating inside that environment. In this last part, I want to discuss the officer’s role in predicting these events that will help keep their members safe. However, it must be stated this is not just the officer’s role. Every member has the role of…See More
Feb 2, 2015
P.J. Norwood posted a blog post

Narrowing The Divide

The fire service is full of debates and animated conversations the same way it was long before we all started riding the big shiny trucks. Many of these debates will outlast all of us. Some of these debates will be put to bed but new ones will emerge. This is all part of a cycle where we learn new things and then begin to apply them to the changing fireground.Sean Gray and I have been accused of creating a divide between the “sides” of fire attack. This blog is not being written to further…See More
Jan 27, 2015

Profile Information

Lives in:
East Haven CT
Department:
East Haven Fire Department
Title/rank:
Deputy Chief Training Officer
Years of public service:
21
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
FO III, FSI II, Paramedic, EMS-I
Topics you provide training for:
FFI, FFII, Fire Officer, Ventilation, EMS, and 911 Communications
Bio:
P.J. Norwood is a Deputy Chief Training Officer for the East Haven CT Fire Department, Fire Engineering Advisory Board member, has served four years with the CT Army National Guard. P.J. has authored Dispatch, Handling the Mayday Fire Engineering Books and Videos (2012), co-authored Tactical Perspectives of Ventilation and May Day DVD’s (2011, 2012) and he was a key contributor to the Tactical Perspectives DVD Series. P.J. is a FDIC Instructor, Fire Engineering contributor, Fire Engineering University faculty member, hosts a Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio show and is the co-creator of Fire Engineering’s video blog “The Job”. P.J. Norwood is also an advisory panel member for UL’s Study of Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety. He has lectured across the United States as well and overseas. He is certified to the Instructor II, Officer III and Paramedic level.
Web site:
http://www.easthavenfire.com

Published Article Fire Chief Mgazine Sept 08

Published Article Fire Chief Magazine
Sep 1, 2008 12:00 PM

By P.J. Norwood Jr.

At 2 a.m. on an already busy night at the dispatch center, a woman calls. Through her coughs, she says, “There is a fire in my house. My room is full of smoke. I can't get out….”

Clich below to read the entire article;
http://firechief.com/technology/communications/front_line_0908/

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Stop Believing Start Knowing on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Sean Gray and I had the privilege to be guests on Capt. Mike Gagliano’s and Capt. Mike Dugan’s Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show. Sean and I are grateful and humbled by this opportunity and want to encourage you to listen to the archived show.

To help encourage you we wanted to give you an idea the topics we discussed.

  • We started the discussion on what does and where did Stop Believing Start Knowing begin. Some feel the name is offensive and…
Continue

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 9:49pm

The Fire Tetrahedron

When we enter the fire service we attend a lesson on fire behavior. This lesson may be taught many different ways, but the concepts are generally the same. Traditionally, this lesson is scheduled as a mere four block of the Firefighter I curriculum.

The lesson invariably covers the fire tetrahedron and basic fire behavior terminology (flashover, backdraft, rollover etc.), along with some…

Continue

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 7:09am

Job Related Hazards

When I first became married senior firefighters were quick to inform me of the dangers of wearing my wedding band while working. I defied the warnings and continued to wear my ring. I have seen photos over the years of “degloved” fingers and other injuries related to wearing jewelry on the fireground.

This week a mentor of mine who…

Continue

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Foundation of Your Department

The members of your department skill set starts when they enter the service. Through their recruit or initial training they begin to build a foundation that will carry them through their career. This training and education is the foundation they will build upon.

Just like a home, the foundation is only the beginning. Through training, education, experience of others passed down and being lead not managed they begin to become well-rounded functioning firefighters.

The…

Continue

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 6:30am

Are You Courageous Enough?

This week’s Fire Engineering Google Hang out brought together a wealth of information that firefighters and officers can do today to reduce their risk to cancer. On behalf of Chief Bobby Halton we hosted Tim Elliott and Keith Tyson from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

We had a very lively and spirited discussion surrounding a taboo topic in many firehouses. Every firefighter needs to clearly understand that firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each…

Continue

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 11:06am

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At 1:41pm on April 5, 2013, Jeffrey S Austin said…
Chief, FDNY Rescue 2 have at least 5 large patient EMS jobs. Of course EMS is not the reason they're called but the logistical challenge of these jobs.
At 10:24pm on April 18, 2012, Christopher Huston said…

Great to finally meet you tonight at the FSW meet up!

At 12:03am on August 29, 2011, Ken Nolan said…

Hey PJ thanks for the Add, Im sure you had your work cut out for you the last few days.

Ken

At 10:21pm on August 3, 2011, DALE G. PEKEL said…
Thanks for your feedback and comments on the video Brother - It means a lot!
At 9:27am on December 29, 2010, Bobby Halton said…

 

Hi PJ,

They should be:

joe@national911memorial.org
agreenwald@sept11mm.org

I wonder have they changed their addresses, or, do they have a full mailbox?

Here is their generic address (try this as well):

info@national911memorial.org

Thanks!

At 9:56am on January 8, 2010, P.J. Norwood said…
Thanks Chief, pnorwood@easthavenfire.com
Once gain I appreciate the help.
P.J.
At 9:09am on January 8, 2010, Douglas DuBree said…
P.J Give me you email address again and I'll send you what I have on Ice Rescue. Send it to dubree.douglas@rigov.org. One thing you need to do with those suits is to store them different than the diresctions say to do. Instead of folding the arms in first you fold them over the rolled up suit last. Plus you want to roll the suit up with the zippered side down on the ground still rolling them up from the foot end. By doing these two things it puts less stress on the zipper and doesn't put a sharp crease in the shoulders/arms.
At 9:46pm on May 6, 2009, Brad Theobald said…
Hey P.J. thanks for giving me this site. It's pretty neat. How's the explorers program coming down there? I hope do get out there before you get your new job. Tell Jimmy i say hi.
At 12:38pm on February 6, 2009, Josh Michaelson said…
no i do not currently have any contact information from any one of that stature but if you had someone that i might be able to e-mail i would greatly appreciate it.
At 2:15pm on February 3, 2009, Josh Michaelson said…
hey P.J. thanks for the info that will help me a lot. my project also requires that I have an outside expert and after e-mailing about 50 people your the only one that has sent anything back to me. all that i need for this is your e-mail adress so that I can send you interview questions for my project and and paper for your information (name and other things) so that i can prove that you are a real person and my outside expert.



thanks again for the information it will indeed help me with my project,
Josh Michaelson
 
 
 

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