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The Job: Flow Path and Door Control

Fri, 22 Nov 2013|

P.J. Norwood discusses flow path, ventilation, and door control.



Welcome to fire engineering and today's video blog. I'm PJ Norwood. I want to discuss briefly with you some of the science that's now available to us from UL Firefighter Safety Institute. Some of this information surrounding the vertical ventilation study is very, very valuable. Information that we need to learn. Adjust and adapt to our tactical decisions that we're making on the fire ground today. However, there's one piece of this information that's very concerning to many firefighters across the country as well as incident commanders and officers making the decisions and deciding the tactical options on scene. One of those things that's concerning is the recommendation by UL to shut the front door. After entering to make search or fire attack. Shutting that front door as much as possible, even closing it completely, to minimize the flow path. Now this goes against everything that we've always been taught. And the reaction by many firefighters is, there's no way we're gonna accomplish that. I am not gonna block off my means of egress. And that's a valuable argument. And that's [UNKNOWN] It's never gonna happen [UNKNOWN] nor will it be safe. There are some valuable pieces to some of these comments. However, if we look at this and think it through smartly [UNKNOWN] there are ways to achieve this. No fire department in this country should be aggressively engaging in interior operations without following two and two out, and having a RI team available. Some of tho, one of those RI team members can become the doorman, or the control man. Closing that door, but maintaining his or her position. So if that crew needs to make an egress, they simply open up the door to allow the crew to exit. Goes along with softening the building. There's tactics that the red crew can be doing, on scene, even in their rig role. Worst case scenario, pump operator, once those lines are in place, while the secondary water source lines are being laid to them, they may have time. They may be able to go to the front door and control that door until another task is needed. Definitely not idea, definitely not something you would like to see happen. However, you have to outweigh the risk versus reward benefit. Is it worth opening up that front door, leaving it wide open, adding to the flow path? Or can a ? ? team member or maybe even a pump operator work on controlling the door. Those may not be the answers. But those are options. So today's question for you is what other options do you see feasible for the fire service today on controlling the front door. I know it's not an easy one. I know it's not something we may fully answer today or tomorrow. However in order to save firefighter's lives and protect property we have to thoroughly look at this information, this valuable information. From UL firefighter safety institute and begin adapting it to the fire ground of today. So please reply to this blog, stay safe, get out of the fire house, and train.

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