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Mark J. Cotter's Blog – July 2015 Archive (4)

MFA #5: Keeping Up to Date - Where to look when the textbooks are wrong

New information regarding both fire behavior and making fire behave (AKA firefighting) is coming out faster than it can be delivered to the end user: firefighters.  This is due to both the tremendous volume of data and interpretations thereof, as well as the limitations on the ability to effectively process, catalog, and communicate - that is, teach - the new concepts and approaches resulting from the research.  Sorting through the reams of findings already published on the subject of fire…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 29, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

MFA #4 - The New Rules: 1. Water Flow is Good 2. Air Flow is Bad

Simplistic as these statements are, most of the recommended tactical changes that have resulted from the fire dynamics research are ultimately related to those two general findings.  They summarize the reality of the effects of our primary fire control tactics.  Certainly, the implementation of these “rules” will be situation-specific and in no way as cut and dried as such a short list suggests, but they do represent the themes, so to speak, of how the approach to structure fire control is…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 20, 2015 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

MFA #3 - Check for Yourself. Please! Going directly to the source for fire dynamics research info

Our collective foundation has been shaken.  Beliefs that have guided firefighters at countless incidents for many decades have been proven incorrect, and the actions based upon them potentially hazardous.  Many of the teachings regarding structural firefighting tactics now require review and revision, and even venerable firefighting texts will need to be rewritten.  Whether you agree or disagree with how the fire dynamics research findings are being implemented, and the final version has…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 8, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

MFA #2 - STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING FOR DUMMIES: With apologies to Eddie Buchanan and the ISFSI

Despite the irreverent title of this blog entry, I'm a fan of SLICE-RS, the acronym for a step-wise approach to controlling structure fires (See MFA #1 - Unlearning).  This synthesis of fire dynamics research findings and tactics, developed through the efforts of dedicated scientists and innovative fire service professionals, has rendered the process of structural firefighting easier, safer, and more efficient.  And, If you're like most of the firefighters with whom I've discussed these new…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on July 1, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

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