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P.J. Norwood's Blog – January 2015 Archive (3)

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…


Added by P.J. Norwood on January 27, 2015 at 9:38am — 4 Comments

Ventilation Factors You Cannot Control, Part 3 - Tactical Considerations

This multiple part blog has been focusing on the ventilation factors that are present on the fireground. The factors in which we cannot control but have a significant impact on the operations. Part 1 focused on door failure while Part 2 focused on window failure during testing. If you have not read those parts please go back as the information presented are necessary pieces of the puzzle.

Part #1 - …


Added by P.J. Norwood on January 13, 2015 at 8:24am — 7 Comments

Ventilation Factors We Cannot Control - Part 2

In part 1 we focused on window failure. Now we will be focusing on door failure. When I was first taught to enter a second floor window without the protection of a hand line to search a bedroom (VES) I was taught to immediately close the door. I was also told if there was no door, find a door, take it off the hinges and put it in place. Today, many beat the drum that there is no reason to include the “I” (isolate) into the VES acronym. We have all heard it “if you were taught the right way…


Added by P.J. Norwood on January 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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