In memory of "America's Fire Chief".
A Memorial Service will be held for Chief Brunacini on Saturday November 4th, 1 PM in Phoenix, Arizona at Comerica Theater, 400 W Washington St
Vice Chairman at IAFSS
The range of issues associated with the Grenfell tragedy are extremely complex. There is unlikely to be a single culprit, but rather a systemic failure of multiple systems that we rely on for fire safety. While there is an understandable clamour for clarity and justice, in which tragedy is painted in black and white, the failures that led to the horrific loss of life are likely to have their root in a world that is far more grey. It is thus essential for the Inquiry to go beyond the cause of the rapidly spreading façade fire, to determine why so many lives were lost in this particular façade fire. What made this rapidly spreading, full-height façade fire different from all the others that have occurred around the world? Identifying and addressing these issues will be the legacy of the Grenfell fire and its victims.
I have expressed my thoughts on these issues in six posts:
o Post 1 Introduction: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-1-6-ed-galea
o Post 2 Regulations (i): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-2-6-ed-galea
o Post 3 Regulations (ii): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-3-6-ed-galea
o Post 4 Regulations (iii): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-4-6-ed-galea
o Post 5 Compartmentation, stay put, Fire Brigade response: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-5-6-ed-galea
o Post 6 Evacuation systems and Sprinklers: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-grenfell-tower-fire-when-colour-grey-post-6-parts-ed-galea
Let me know what you think
In conjunction with CPSE at
Caribe Royale - Orlando, Florida
March 12, 2018
By J. Gordon Routley, eng., FSFPE, FIFireE
I have been looking at the images of the fire that occurred recently in College Park, MD and the numerous videos that are available on the Internet of huge fires consuming very large lightweight wood frame residential buildings and sometimes multiple buildings. Most of these fires have involved projects under construction, but there have also been several cases where the buildings had been completed and occupied. I believe that we need to question the wisdom of some of the risk management decisions that have been made in recent years.
T'he presentations for the AGM Educational session April 17th are available on the website, you must be signed in to access this portion of the site. http://ife-usa.org/document-library-members-only.
The FireHouse World IFE program presentations International Perspectives on Managing Firefighter Toxic Exposure Reducing Risk on the Fireground and in Live Fire Training are available on the website at; http://ife-usa.org/professional-development/firehouse-world-2017
In conjunction with the IFE Centennial Celebration in 2018, IFE Malaysia Branch will be organizing a climbing competition up Mount Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia. All branches are welcomed to participate. This event will consist of team event and individual event. Branches are welcomed to send a team of 3 climbers to represent the branch while team members will also participate in the individual event for the competition.
Date :20 -24 April 2018
Duration: 5 Days 4 nights
Download the flyer: 2018-Mt-Kinabalu-Climb-Flyer.pdf
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Accepts International Association of Arson Investigators’ Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI®) for Pre-Qualified Membership in the IFE
The Institution of Fire Engineers is a worldwide fire engineering/service organization with more than 11,000 members in 42 branches worldwide. Founded in 1918, the IFE assesses the knowledge of fire and professional experience of qualified practitioners, awarding internationally recognized membership grades and fire-related qualifications. Through its Engineering Council license as a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI), the IFE registers suitably qualified IFE members as Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (Eng Tech). The IFE Head Office is located in Stratford Upon Avon, in the United Kingdom. The IFE’s Head Office staff coordinates IFE activities and regulatory compliance in all of its worldwide established branches. Membership or affiliation in the Institution is open to all, regardless of role or geography, and is inclusive of those working in emergency response, fire safety, active and passive fire protection, fire engineering consultancy, fire investigation, and fire risk assessment and enforcement....
Over the last several years, the Branch has worked diligently to address a number of challenges and grow to meet the needs of our members. We have accomplished much, but much still remains to be done. When asked the “what’s in it for me” question regarding Branch membership; I explain that the IFE USA Branch is the only fire service organization in the United States that has a truly international perspective. However, this is only part of the answer, being a member of the IFE provides an opportunity to serve.
To promote, encourage, and improve the science and practice of Fire Engineering, Fire Prevention, and Fire Extinction, and all operations and expedients connected therewith, and to give impetus to ideas likely to be useful in connection with or in relation to such science and practice to the members of the Institution and to the community at-large.
As we move forward under the leadership of President Phil Stittleburg, I ask each of us to be mindful of the IFE mission and its connection to everything that we do. Give impetus to ideas! Focus on science and its practical application! And benefit the members of the institution and more importantly the communities that we serve. The Branch needs your help to grow and achieve our mission.
Ed Hartin, MS, EFO, FIFireE, CFO...
The Wingspread VI report is now available for download from the National Fire Heritage Center website. If you are interested in the previous reports 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 they may be accessed here.
About one quarter of the participants in this project are active IFE-USA members and IFE-USA is proud to be included as a project sponsor. Below is the transmittal letter from Chief Alan Brunacini, HFFireE.
January 1, 2017
Dear fire-rescue service stakeholders,...
International Perspectives on Managing Firefighter Toxic Exposure Reducing Risk on the Fireground and in Live Fire Training
The Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch offered an exciting opportunity to our members in conjunction with Firehouse World in San Diego, California on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Firefighting operations in both emergency incidents and live fire training presents a risk of exposure to toxic products of combustion. Firefighters may be at risk of a variety of occupationally related illnesses as a result of these exposures. Research has provided considerable information about the toxic nature of the fire environment, but many questions still remain. What are the potential toxic exposures during firefighting operations? What is the risk to firefighters’ health? What steps can we take today to minimize health risk while protecting the community from fire and maintaining competence in firefighting skills?
The full-day pre-conference workshop was sponsored by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) United States of America Branch provided participants with an examination of current research on toxic exposure during firefighting operations and international best practices in managing this risk. Participants received information on practical steps that can be taken today to develop effective procedures and practices that can be implemented to improve safety during fireground operations and live fire training by reducing the risk of toxic exposure.
Dr. Stefan Svensson
Stefan has PhD in Fire Protection Engineering from Lund University in Sweden and works at the University as an Associate Professor, in charge of the fire laboratory at the University. During the past 20 years, he has been involved in experimental and theoretical investigations of firefighting tactics, including firefighting methods, command and control and safe and effective use of firefighting resources. He began his career as a firefighter in the Swedish Air Force and previously worked for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency at one of their national firefighting academies. Stefan also serves as a part-time crew commander with his local fire brigade.
Dr. Gavin Horn
Gavin has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and serves as the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) director of research and is a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire Department. He also serves as member of NFPA’s Technical Committee on Special Operations Clothing & Equipment and the Advisory Board for UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute.
NEW - Online Guide
Vision 20/20, a project funded by an AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers, has been working on implementing Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs to demonstrate their application in the United States. Modeled on the highly successful programs used in the United Kingdom and Australia, the concepts of CRR have been implemented in a number of communities including Dallas, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; Vancouver, Washington; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and others. Representatives of these communities, and other national fire safety experts, were brought together to discuss the lessons learned and help chart a course for future expansion of this program based on the collective experience.
The report, which is a compilation of the discussions held at this two-day symposium, is available for download.
This report represents the culmination of a great deal of work by too many people to mention. It is a result of the lessons learned symposium conducted by the task group working on the Vision 20/20 strategy to increase the importance of fire prevention efforts within the fire service. The point of the report is to pass on lessons learned from those who have experience implementing community risk reduction efforts through the fire service. There is a great deal of information here for those interested in digging deeper Ã± but weÃre confident this is only the beginning of many more such efforts to come. There is a growing list of case studies on the Vision 20/20 web site at www.strategicfire.org.