Showing posts with label FRI_2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FRI_2009. Show all posts

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tactical Renaissance

My most recent post that stated and advocated that fire suppression tactics must be adjusted for the rapidly changing methods and materials impacting all forms of building construction, occupancies and structures. The need to redefine the art and science of firefighting is nearly upon us. HERE

A common theme has been evident here at FRI in Dallas related towards the continued identified need for the fire service to begin what I call a Tactical Renaissance. I discussed what defines and identifies the attributes and suggested what needs to be instituted earlier in the week at FRI.

One thing is not only clearly self-evident throughout common themes this past week, but also resonates through direct discussions with various Executive Chief Officers, Field Operations Commanding Officers and Training Officers. They all agree that the fire service needs to do something-and soon in redefining our strategies, tactics and way of doing business in the streets.

What do you think?
How would you define a Tactical Renaissance, and what would it entail?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Winds of Change, from the Floor of FRI

Fire suppression tactics must be adjusted for the rapidly changing methods and materials impacting all forms of building construction, occupancies and structures. The need to redefine the art and science of firefighting is nearly upon us.

Some things do stand the test of time, others need to adjust, evolve and change.

Not for the sake of change only, but for the emerging and evolving buildings, structures and occupancies being built, developed or renovated in our communities. he fire service is beginning to fully recognize the merits in adjusting, altering, and changing our strategic and tactical ways of doing business in the streets.

  • The traditional attitudes and beliefs of equating aggressive firefighting operations in all occupancy types coupled with the correlating, established and pragmatic operational strategies and tactics MUST not only be questioned, they need to be adjusted and modified;

  • Risk assessment, risk-benefit analysis, safety and survivability profiling, operational value and firefighter injury and LODD reduction must be further institutionalized to become a recognized part of modern firefighting operations.

FRI 2009 Coverage

FRI 2009 is underway in Dallas, with Chief Kelvin Cochran having just been sworn in as U.S. Fire Administrator.

FireRescue1 Senior Editor Jamie is at the show and twittering about it at http://twitter.com/firerescue1. Follow @FireRescue1 or just check the widget in the sidebar here on The Kitchen Table.

Fellow TKTers including Rich Gasaway and Christopher Naum are also at the show. If you're attending, visit the FR1 team at booth #4714, and let us know what your plans in the comments.

Photos of the opening events are online here: http://www.firerescue1.com/FRI-2009-slideshow/, and full FR1 coverage of FRI 2009 is here: http://www.firerescue1.com/Fire-Rescue-International-2009
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