Firetactics.com has provided in excess of 14,000 pages of structural
firefighting SOGs FREE to over 2.5 million visitors from more than 70 countries
since July 1999 (source Webstat.com). Published in six languages, the website
has also raised thousands of dollars for burns charities in UK, USA and
Australia, whilst introducing the concepts of 3D Firefighting to firefighters
globally in an effort to reduce LODD and make firefighters safer.
As Firefighters . . . . of every ten bad things that happen to us on the
fire-ground, EIGHT of these were the result of tactical errors that could
(should) have been prevented if we, or our commanders, were more
'situation aware'. This is a training issue.
have arrived here because you have a desire to learn .... maybe to be a better
firefighter or become a more competent fire commander .... either way, you are the kind
of person we need in the fire service so congratulations for getting this far!
Commander - SOPs
We are pleased to bring to you a new training feature starting October 2008
where we will provide a series of model SOPs and Training Bulletins. These
bulletins are aimed at fire chiefs and crew commanders, to assist in advancing their
decision making capability and situational awareness when deploying crews into
fire-involved structures. See the Fire
Commander link on the left hand menu.
Rescue from 66th floor of Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC
Firefighters at Great Risk!
'Our peacetime firefighters have never been at greater risk when fighting structure
fires than they are today! In fact the life loss statistics amongst UK
firefighters currently stand at a 30-year high' ... This report from Paul
Grimwood led to a national investigation by the Fire Brigade Union and this
resulted in a lengthy third party document that sheds some light as to the true
extent of the problem
FULL REPORT HERE ....
Knot CHALLENGE - HERE
is the key to putting fires out. You can do a lot with a little but you can do
little if there is not enough!'
A Learning Experience
We applaud any fire authority who is willing to report their own tragedies or
fire-fighting experiences in such a way that others may learn from their
experiences ... Here are some of the most recent examples for Download ....
LOUDOUN COUNTY Va
COSTA COUNTY Ca
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
Various tactical and command failings have directly evolved from a triangle of
complacency that is rife throughout the Fire Service. The result has been
catastrophic system failure in numerous situations that have ended in tragedy. This issue is at the very root of the vast majority of traumatic fire-ground
deaths and injuries amongst firefighters.
1. Lack of firefighting experience
2. Inadequate firefighter and command training
3. Complacency (Lack of discipline)
Here are some of the most common tactical failings that lead to firefighters
injuries and Line Of Duty Deaths, over and over again!
1. Failure to confine the fire until a charged hose-line is in place
2. Failure to deploy resources effectively
3. Failure to provide adequate flow-rate at the primary attack nozzle
4. Failure to effectively brief crews prior to deployment
5. Deviation from documented operating procedure without good reason
6. Failure to implement tactical venting actions in the right place at the right
7. Failure to provide a back-up support hose-line
8. Failure to communicate effectively
9. Failure to apply safe BA working practices
10. Failure to undertake effective search patterns
11. Failure to establish a tactical mode (offensive/defensive) at the outset
12. Failure to maintain team integrity (work with a buddy and keep together)
13. Failure to establish effective command & control from the outset
Most Common Causal Factors of Traumatic Firefighter Life Losses
of Incident Command from the first response onwards
of Accountability or SCBA Air Management (BA Control)
or ineffective SOPs
of Situational Awareness
of Fires Get Worse!
structure fires get worse following fire service arrival (Sardqvist study of
inner city fires). How can we train to reduce this statistic? How can we be more
tactical in our approach to gaining control of a fire at an earlier stage? "I have
been with the service for over five years. It was certainly the worst house fire
I have been to.
"When the door was kicked in there was a flash-over with the rush of air
and the kitchen window blew out. The flames were coming out over the top of us,
so it had obviously been going for some time" . . . . Fire
Commander Training Bulletins HERE