IAFC's Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement (ROE) are rules or directives to firefighters that define the situations, circumstances and conditions under which decisions are made about the strategy and/or tactics of foreground operations.
ROE should provide clear direction and expectations from the Fire Chief for and/or limits on appropriate strategy to be employed in fireground operations. The ROE is guidance for decision makers to use based upon direction from their superiors.
Rules of Engagement do not normally dictate how a result is to be achieved but will indicate what measures may be unacceptable.
Rules of Engagement should be issued to all personnel. An "ROE Card", document provides the Chief Officer, Company Officer and Firefighter with a summary of the ROE regulating their actions on the foreground.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs has a set of "Rules of Engagement." The video is an attempt to put the ROE into a visual format. Please share with your leadership the video and discuss the appropriate Rules of Engagement for your fire department, battalion and company.
John M. Buckman III
Fire Chief Retired
German Township Volunteer Fire Department
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute in Partnership with NIST and FDNY Launch New Online Training Program
UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of "Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics" - a free online course that serves as a culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL. The interactive training takes learners through a research timeline of the previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, all of the details that went into the tests, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course brings science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations. Fires were conducted within numerous 3 story residential row houses with ignition occurring in the basement, in the first floor living room and in a second floor bedroom.
UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber shared, "This training program presents the most up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend. It builds off of all of the UL and NIST firefighter research to date and provides students with the science they need to examine their tactical approaches. Tactical considerations are presented with video and data in a way that is easy to understand. For the firefighters out there that want all the details, buttons allow access to all of the data graphs, experimental video and relevant FDNY procedures."
There are many features to this course that will increase fire service knowledge. An initial interactive research timeline provides links to more than 15 years of previous UL and NIST research that led to this series of experiments. Then basic fire dynamics concepts are introduced and linked to tactical considerations that will allow for the students to re-examine their current operating procedures. Finally, students have the opportunity to use interactive examples to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics.
See the program at: ulfirefightersafety.com/news_blog/ul-fsri-launches-new-online-training-program UL's Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve. For more information on UL FSRI projects, visit our website ulfirefightersafety.com
2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
"O Say Can You See...The Future"
Featured Keynote address: "Saving the Future - Working Together for a Safe America" Chief Ernest Mitchell, Jr. US Fire Administrator United States Fire Administration, Washington, DC
For additional information: www.fabscom.org 301-226-9962
Click to view the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference Brochure.
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Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires
Chad M. Lannon and James A. Milke Department of Fire Protection Engineering University of Maryland
Each year thousands of fire fighters are injured during training, and occasionally some are fatally injured. Live fire training evolution is an effective and popular training method, but it's also one that exposes the trainees to significant hazards. One common cause of fire fighter death and injury is a lack of understanding of the hazard assessment of live fires used for training.
This research effort is intended to further clarify the hazards of live fire training evolutions and provide data and information to support a fire hazard assessment methodology for fire training officers and fire fighters. The goal is to analyze specific fuel configurations in certain training fire evolutions and to supplement currently available practical guidance for use by training instructors based on the hazards associated with live fire training evolutions.
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Attended a MFRI Company Drill Lately?
Is your emergency services company looking for a quick 3 hour training opportunity on a fire, rescue, EMS, or hazmat topic? If so, MFRI may be able provide you a Company Drill to accommodate your needs. MFRI Company Drills are a good way to refresh skills and review current best management practices in emergency training using the most relevant information and technology.
MFRI provides the opportunity for periodic training for fire/rescue departments through the Company Drill program. Each local department is allotted two company drills per year at no charge. Departments can request Company Drills on numerous subjects from fire behavior to rope rescue, each Company Drill will follow a current MFRI lesson plan for the requested topic. The company drill can be conducted at a MFRI training center or at the local department and all instructors will be provided by MFRI.
To request a Company Drill the local department must contact their MFRI Regional Office at least 30 days prior to the date they want to hold the drill. When the Company Drill has been approved and aded to the MFRI schedule, the requesting department will be notified.
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Launches Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Online Training
UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of "Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes" - an online course that serves as a culmination of the work performed under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The interactive training walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course supplements the project's technical report through fire service commentary on the impact UL research has on firefighting tactics, interactive fire scenarios, video from all 17 full scale residential structure fires, and numerous photos.
See the program at: ulfirefightersafety.com/projects_blog/ul-firefighter-safety-research-institute-launches-vertical-ventilation-and-suppression-online-training More information about the UL FSRI can be found at: ulfirefightersafety.com and www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/industries/lifesafetyandsecurity/firefighter-safety-research-institute/
New web-based interactive firefighter training program: Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments (ALIVE)
With funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), NYU-Poly teamed up with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), the Bloomington Fire Department (BFD), the Eagan Fire Department (EFD), and the Eden Prairie Fire Department (EPFD) to develop a web-based, interactive firefighter training program - ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments).
ALIVE simulates critical decision-making aspects of firefighting for career / volunteer firefighters and reinforces firefighting safety concepts developed by leading industry researchers though interactive tactical scenarios.
Three FREE training programs can be downloaded for free from the NYU-Poly website:
MFRI Online Transcript System
Now Available in the MFRI Student Zone
Students will be able to request unofficial transcripts for themselves through the MFRI Student Zone, a feature of the MFRI website. In order to make a request for their unofficial transcript students will use their name, birth date and SSN to uniquely identify themselves to the system.
Students will receive a PDF of their unofficial transcript documenting their MFRI course work. They can print this PDF file or save it to their local computer. In the event of a discrepancy the student will be given directions on how to submit the appropriate documentation to correct their record.
The addition of this feature to the MFRI Student Zone will provide immediate feedback to students by leveraging our IT infrastructure to quickly respond to their request any time of the day.
Underwriters Laboratories and the Fire Service
Underwriters Laboratory has a number of free, on-line training courses for fighters. These courses cover a range of important topics which are critical to fire fighter safety. Whether it's understanding a comprehensive fire approach, learning the hazards of lightweight construction, the impact of horizontal ventilation, or how special extinguisher agents perform, these courses will provide the firefighter with a education on various fire behaviors, risks and codes.
More video and other online resources can be found at the Underwriters Laboratory website: