Compartment Fire Behavior Blog Anniversary!

Just over a year ago I had the idea to develop a blog focused on compartment fire behavior and firefighting. A bit of work on the technology side and I made my introductory post on 8 August 2008. That month the CFBT-US web site had 2900 page views, this past July the page view count was in excess of 24,000 with 4400 unique readers. While this is not a huge readership in terms of the total number of firefighters in the world who have English as a language, it shows significant growth.


At the start of this adventure, I set a goal to post twice weekly (Monday and Thursday mornings) and for the most part have managed to keep this schedule. Dominant themes have included:

  • Reviews of books, training programs, magazine/journal articles, and conference presentations
  • Case studies based on National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and agency reports on significant incidents, injuries, and fatalities
  • An ongoing series of posts examining the B-SAHF (building, smoke, air track, heat, and flame) organizing scheme for fire behavior indicators and reading the fire
  • B-SAHF video and photo based exercises in reading and interpreting B-SAHF indicators to predict likely fire behavior and the impact of tactical operations
  • Examination of extreme fire behavior phenomena such as flashover, backdraft, smoke explosion, and flash fire with an emphasis on understanding the underlying causes and influence of tactical operations on fire dynamics
  • Discussion of research on positive pressure ventilation and wind driven fires conducted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology
  • Identification of the potential learning opportunity presented by systematic investigation of near miss, injury, and fatality incidents
  • Discussion of the importance of deliberate practice and the concept of the need for 10,000 hours to master your craft

Hopefully you have found these posts useful in developing your understanding of compartment fire behavior or have motivated you to take action and share your knowledge of our profession with others. I have benefited greatly from the thought process and effort of writing on a regular and systematic basis.

As a reference, I have prepared a printer friendly Compartment Fire Behavior Blog Index in portable document format (PDF) which includes the date, title, URL, and brief synopsis of post content.

I Need Your Help

Your comments and feedback are important to making the Compartment Fire Behavior Blog better. If I write something that you do not agree with or think that a concept could be expressed more clearly, please comment or question!

The Way Forward

I am currently working on a loose editorial calendar to help guide my writing over the next year. Several important themes will continue:

  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Reading the fire and B-SAHF exercises
  • Practical fire dynamics
  • Review of books, magazine/journal articles
  • Fire control and tactical ventilation

If there are topics you think should be on the list, please provide your input as a comment on this post.

My next several posts will get back to study of the B-SAHF scheme with a look at Heat Indicators and continuing examination of flashover. As I have been looking back over the last year, I find that I have taken two distinctly different approaches to sequencing posts. Some topics have been addressed in successive posts (e.g., case studies and discussion of wind driven fires) and others have alternated between several different topics (e.g., B-SAHF and flashover). From my perspective, each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you have a preference or opinion, please let me know!

Thanks for your readership and participation,

Ed Hartin, MS, EFO, MIFireE, CFO

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8 Responses to “Compartment Fire Behavior Blog Anniversary!”

  1. laurence delorme Says:


    happy anniversary to your blog:CFB.

    your site is full of great infos and when i get a chance,i translate some of your articles to french and post them on my blog.

    when i read articles on your blog,i always learn something new:honestly,i learnt more than something,many great infos.

    i added a link to your blog on my little blog,of course.

    take care.

  2. Brian Burke Says:

    Congratulations. Thanks for all the learning oportunities. I use them as good drills for my crew at work. No good reason to keep the knowledge/skills to myself.

  3. semence Says:

    bon anniversaire, happy birthday to your blog

    thanks again so much for all the great work which helps us to become safer and better on the fireground

    hatts off for your articles, if i had more time i would translate all of them for our blog, Stéphane MORIZOT and i are running

    so long, best regards

  4. laurence delorme Says:


    i was thinking about something:if you agree,i could publish an interview of you on my blog.

    send me an e-mail,if you have mine.


  5. hartin Says:

    Laurence, that would be great. I will send you and e-mail and we can set this up.

  6. laurence delorme Says:


    that is ok.i’m sure that will be great to have an interview from you.

  7. Jesse Says:

    While I haven’t been following the blog since it’s inception (I started reading in January 2009), I continually read all of your insightful posts and I’ve probably read most of the stuff from 2008. Thanks for providing the printer friendly CFB Blog Index. I’ve held numerous small scale trainings based on your blog posts during shift and people always seem to enjoy them.

    I’m a big fan of the case study reviews, especially when pictures and layouts are included. On a slightly related side note, the Stilt Court Fire Major Accident Report the Sacramento FD released was super insightful. Any plans on weighing in on that one, Ed?

    Keep up the fantastic work!

  8. hartin Says:

    I spent a couple of hours talking with the Captain involved in the Stilt Court incident and have read the Major Accident Report. This incident is on my list to develop into a case study, look for it sometime later this year!

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