NEW ... 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 on-line 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.
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 is more interactive and flexible than ever providing a path through the course for a company drill or for the firefighter or instructors who want to dive into the material and form their own tactical considerations.”
Interior Fire Attack, Advancing 1 3 4 with Door Control @ UL Film
So ... It's only a car fire?
Learn all you can from others. Learn strengths, learn weaknesses, seek opportunity and determine what threatens your success relative to changing culture. Social media and You Tube for example. So many fire films to... view. All offer strengths, weaknesses and opportunity. We can watch and admire what is being done or pass off what we see as "what the heck are they doing." In recent weeks I have been reminded why Charlie Dickinson, former Deputy US Fire Administrator says that we think fires are routine or that we think like the public, it's never going to happen to us. In my case, car fires. More and more video is popping up with firefighters and vehicle fires. Have they (car fires) become so routine that we think things cannot go wrong? Is it silly to think that addressing "car fires" means I have to much time on my hands or that there are more important things to address? No! In fact there is not enough time to teach fire companies that minor risks grow into significant risks and significant risk can lead serious consequences. If lecturing about why full PPE and SCBA are needed when fighting vehicle fires bothers you, then please watch this short clip to see if you might feel differently, see it differently and fight them differently. It does not matter your rank. What matters is your conviction regarding firefighter safety and your willingness to stand on those convictions even when it means standing alone. Vehicle fires are more than routine. Think about it!
Welcome to PSEN
Vision ... Dedication ... Education
Training in the fire service has taken on a whole new look and meaning. There are no shortages of fire service publications, conferences, and Online training to pick from. The bigger issue is whether personal and professional development is in your plans but day-to-day living, family expectations, time and opportunity presents personal challenges. I created PSEN to I help solve those issues. Our work is unique in so much as we coach and guide rather than lecture and tell when we teach. My good fortune along with vision, dedication and education has brought me to a place where PSEN can provide a unique niche in fire service education.
Since we began ...
Our goal has been to educate and promote personal and professional growth, development and self leadership. To change the way firefighters think, what they believe, what they perceive with hope that a change in attitude and culture prevails. The last decade has seen quantum growth in the way we communicate, work and learn. I do not think anyone of us could have imagined such progress and opportunity. The Public Safety Education Network is seeking a strong core of firefighters who believe that together everyone achieves more. PSEN is adapting to new challenges. We continue to strengthen our focus on training areas that should help you think differently. Please consider our services to improve organizational and personal growth.