Wed, 22 Feb 2012|
Chief Bobby Haltonr reflects on recent fire news, include the resignation of Chicago Fire Commisionner Robert Hoff, and interviews NIST Researcher Dan Madrzykowski about the recent UL vertical ventilation tests.
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All right thanks for clicking on us -- -- hearings we can review my name's Bobby Alton. And this week will be brought you by the fire department instructors conference. FDIC's just before days away so make your plans now and be part of the largest most comprehensive our service training and networking event in history. FDIC you'll be celebrating its 84 anniversary. And with registration already at a record pace now's the time to secure your slots in hands on training workshops which are filling up fast. -- -- the hands on training classes are officially sold out. Advanced vehicle indication. And -- collection creation members machinery and live fire first you tactics and several classes have very limited space slept. So please don't hesitate register today and we'll see you April 16 through -- first and Indianapolis. FDIC dot com and register for your spot in history. And now to the news. Chicago Fire Department commissioner calls it quits after 35 years of service. The major story this week has to do -- retirement of one of America's most -- and admire our service engines. Our commissioner Bobby -- officially announces retirement last week as the commissioner of the Chicago or apartment. Most firefighter and -- -- -- comes from more than most respected. And admired are fighting families in the history of our great service. Just last week the first service remembered the fiftieth anniversary of the fire which claimed the life of -- -- And -- also served as the opening to the movie back. Bobby's brother ray who also served thirty years Chicago. Passed away earlier this year due to complications. In procedural move is all -- During -- -- commissioner he was twice received -- Carter award. Carter -- war which is the highest award presented -- Chicago or apartment. -- 1990 to rest during two elderly citizens during gas explosion in in 1997. Rescuing twin Brothers from burning building. -- was honored by the state of Illinois for -- in 1998. And the hundred club -- Cook County award propeller 1992. And 97. As well as several honorable mentions. Mayor Rahm Emanuel shortly after the announcement -- commissioner -- retirement. Announces selection Jose Santiago. Who was then deputy fire commissioner and bureau operations -- -- Santiago has served as executive director of Chicago -- office of emergency management communications. Mission Santiago joined in 1979. After serving United States Marine Corps where he continued is reserved for 31 years. -- Santiago worked his way through the ranks from private commanding officer of the second battalion 24 marine Richmond and the fourth marine division. He served and operations record -- desert shield and desert storm. And all -- no official confirmation. Rumors were swirling this week. The mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Appointed commissioner Jose Santiago after intense unannounced search where he found an ally. -- planned to -- millions of dollars savings out of the Chicago fire arm. Retiring commissioner Robert -- -- that he was definitely against closing or house's or reducing the minimum staffing or arm. And Chicago -- opera house. The officials have stated that Chicago taxpayers. It's -- 57 million dollars a year or reducing net minimum Manning. From four from five -- to four. -- predicted a rise and fire deaths if that action is taken. Commissioner Santiago has publicly taken a more open position regarding potential offs reducing -- The commissioner is quoting us at the new commissioners court saying that's something we're looking -- All the maps out everything and response times. Setting down and we're looking at every options. Responding to the statements by the mayor and the new commissioner union president Tommy Ryan Chicago or orders local two. Had this to say. But he knows that the fight for stepping is going to continue. Said technology may have changed the fires are burning hotter and faster than our technology can change all it's still need that power buyers out. In other news vertical testing on ventilation continues at -- underwriters laboratory in Northbrook Illinois. Our engineering has been closely involved with the -- annual -- -- -- And the ventilation studies from -- -- Following a brief interview that we conduct on the set of the latest vertical relations studies -- magic -- -- -- lead researcher -- -- -- a long time writer and contributor of our engineering magazine. Is also present -- the -- this year will be teaching -- workshop on fire dynamics on Monday April 16. It's probably all -- -- -- -- laps today and got the lead researcher for the fires side of the neatest house. And that -- Caspian and it's very well known to fire engineering readers and and Dan great article coming out in the -- it's march or maybe it's April. Maybe it's my picture yeah it's march or April apologized. And editing it -- network on the edit right now on the -- fantastic on the wind driven fire ODD news and taxes. Some tremendous lessons learned from that fire. Much like we're learning today. It you know it's -- it -- gets down the ventilation and certainly no wind driven fire -- revelations extreme. Setting up of -- flow path you don't -- -- be between where the fire is in now based on event where the fire wants to go that's. A bad place to be one -- one chief that we are presenting to sort of likened it to being between the guy with a rifle and the target. And then the only question is when is he gonna pull the -- you don't you don't want to be here so as far as sizing up you know. In the fire. Insuring that the wind you're working with the wind if it's a windy day. But even if it's not a not a windy day you could set -- flow paths in -- home just due to ventilation. They can put firefighters in a bad position and. And when you and one of racers take careful note of this -- talking about this particular instance and -- driven fires that was a single story ranch home. We're not talk about high rises were telling -- about. Multiple floors single story ranch home wind driven fire claim -- -- father's life. -- in that particular case to firefighters -- lost their lives and it's. It it's any structure it's -- structure Parse that they impacted -- she -- structures as we're learning here with these tests today. The fuel loads in some cases -- overwhelms the vertical bands. Where you know in the past this was the question -- enough. Steeper for complete his work on now horizontal ventilation and then just follow that up with some -- townhouses looking at horizontal escalation. And then the question the -- -- always asked as well what about you know. The old school wait what about vertical -- and of course people are concerned about being on the -- with the -- lightweight construction one not so. Then the follow on tests -- look at vertical revelation and this is also going to. Collaborate in and do some work to complement the work that's being done here in the lab. Out and apart structures in the field -- basically keep the fire service and nice package. -- you know -- sizes and in the lab outside -- sometimes. -- -- that the -- firefighters don't fight fire and collapse so we wanna do some apart structures as well to. The fill out that package but I mean the work that's being done here is really groundbreaking and it showed us up we haven't seen before one thing that seems to be coming out of there early tests so far is that. In -- fuel package will overwhelm. Overwhelm those were moments you keep giving -- more oxygen which is what and there's enough hot fuel there to burn. Targets bigger he released rate goes up. And it hazard goes for both anybody trapped in the house and the firefighters -- it's gonna. Look. This data in the V is really gonna have the -- service thinking about options and tactics and you know what people have long believed. You know you've -- -- -- is is no laws no longer seems to be the case. You -- temperatures are rising. And we've seen that consistently on here every single time. -- -- temperatures go up a standard teach an FDIC this year yes four hours part dynamic workshop Bob -- I believe. And it'll include you know some of this type of information along with some of the basics but the bottom lines to make the fire -- safer. And try to appreciate heat transfer in the hazard and what you can do to control it mitigated better. And got people always ask us they call us they say -- -- we -- copies of the news videos it does it -- -- this year go to dance Booth. And the folks at -- -- load you up with CDs information reports. Anything you want -- we'll get to you that's. Pretty much correct right that's it you guys bought and paid fort were you know were were your government entity to try to give you better information to help you. Do your job safer and more efficiently he can also check us -- -- fired the website fire dot gov. -- -- -- -- I'm -- camaraderie you -- and some testing this is stand magic -- -- and we appreciate your time. Well that's the news hope you enjoyed the interview with Dan magic asking. My name's -- we all remember FDIC's only 54 days away so you still have time to make your reservations. I'll see you there. And remember. Be careful out there.