Firefighting, Fireground Safety, Leadership

After-Action Report Released from Kill the Flashover 2014 Project

The document below was produced at the end of the Kill the Flashover 2014 Project that was held at the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia (SC), February 10-14, 2014.

This document contains salient points developed in a group setting by fire service experts from around the world that attended KTF 2014.

Summary details for learned objectives: Discuss and demonstrate practical ways to reduce thermal injuries to fire suppression crews by identifying, defending and/or killing an extreme fire event (flashover)

Discuss, test, and demonstrate fire behavior response to fire suppression tactics that enable knowledge based decisions/choices that improve risk management of suppression tactics.

Discuss and share other related risk management behaviors.

Discuss and demonstrate practical ways to reduce thermal injuries to fire suppression crews by identifying, defending and/or killing an extreme fire event (flashover)

Skills discussed, practiced, demonstrated: fog vs straight stream to create a safer environment for FF’s smoke as a fuel package, heat release rates, off gassing, smoke storage areas, flow path control improved firefighting environment by lowering temperatures with flow path and door control.

Discuss, test, and demonstrate fire behavior response to fire suppression tactics that enable knowledge based decisions/choices that improve risk management of suppression tactics.

Skills discussed, practiced, demonstrated: fog vs straight stream with EWS (enhanced water stream) to enhance tactical objective by controlling: off gassing, smoke as fuel storage, identify and manage smoke storage areas use of Thermal Imaging Cameras to determine/monitor tactical objectives demonstrated flow path control with closed door and SmokeBlock Aid (curtain)  

Discuss and share other related risk management decisions Concepts discussed and shared:

Will the smoke combust? Go no/go variables. Yes = cool it No = vent it out Do not allow conditions to develop into rapid fire progress or toward other hostile fire conditions.

Early water (or solution) always improves conditions. KFT 2014 TAKE HOME MESSAGE Study and learn advanced fire behavior Identify your resources and their capacity.

Know how they will impact fire dynamics.

(FF’s, Command, apparatus, water/agent, tools & equipment) Have the courage to act on your defined go / no go variables