by Brett Lacey and Paul Valentine
When fire department personnel respond to an incident, the actions of the first-arriving company affect how the incident unfolds. Likewise, fire prevention efforts can keep a small fire from becoming larger and, in turn, prevent injury and additional property loss. These efforts also reduce the chances of firefighter injury, fire equipment damage, and time out of service for assigned response companies, freeing them to respond to other emergencies.
- Fire department access.
- Fire suppression systems (manual and automatic).
- Storage practices.
- Building construction, fire spread, smoke management.
- Technical support to the incident commander (IC).
Brett Lacey is the fire marshal for the Colorado Springs (CO) Fire Department. He is a professional engineer and certified safety professional. He is co-author of the FPP text Fire Prevention Applications. He has served on various technical committees including NFPA 1031, IFSTA Committee for Inspection Practices, and Fire Detection and Suppression Systems and the Colorado Fire Marshal’s Association Code Committee. He has been an instructor for two community colleges and has been employed in the private sector as an HPR loss control representative and safety engineer. He has more than 27 years of experience in the fire service in a career and volunteer capacity as a nationally registered paramedic, firefighter, and fire protection engineer.
Paul Valentine is a 14-year veteran of and fire marshal for the Mount Prospect (IL) Fire Department. He previously served as the fire protection engineer. He has five years of fire protection engineering experience at a Department of Energy research laboratory and as a loss control consultant in the insurance industry. He has a bachelor of science degree in fire protection and safety engineering technology from Oklahoma State University and a master of science degree in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University. He is a graduate from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is also a principal committee member of the NFPA 1037 Fire Marshal Professional Qualification Standard and co-author of Fire Prevention Applications (Fire Protection Publications).