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

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Lives in:
East Haven CT
East Haven Fire Department
Deputy Chief Training Officer
Years of public service:
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
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.
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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….”

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Fire Prevention Challenge – Close The Door, Making Your Message Visual for FREE

With Fire Prevention month right around the corner you should be looking to finalize your plans. I would like to challenge you to take time this year to change what you have done in the past. I challenge you to put a focus on the close the door message. I also challenge you to make it visual and enjoyable for all those you get the privilege to speak to.

By now every firefighter understands the importance of door control until we have water on the fire. We need to take that message…


Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:17am

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…

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…


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…


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.



Posted on December 14, 2015 at 6:30am

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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.


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:

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

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


At 9:56am on January 8, 2010, P.J. Norwood said…
Thanks Chief,
Once gain I appreciate the help.
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 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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