Notebook Nuggets – The Truck Company: Basic Ventilation

Richard J. Blatus and Thomas J. Richardson discuss the basic tactic that needs to be reviewed: vertical and horizontal ventilation.


As technological advances in building construction continue to envelope the fire service, our members struggle to find new and innovative avenues to solve the myriad problems they pose. Remember to address the “basics” while you also size-up the structure for the additional problems. This month...


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Richard J. Blatus is a 23-year veteran of the fire service, currently assigned to Battalion 15 in Bronx, NY. A strong proponent of training, Chief Blatus has served as both a regional and national instructor/lecturer for fire service trade publications and conferences, such as Firehouse Expo. He holds degrees in business and municipal fire administration.

Thomas J. Richardson is a 23-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving the FDNY at Battalion 38 in Brooklyn. A former chief of the Deer Park, NY, Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Richardson is an adjunct instructor for the Suffolk County, NY, Fire Training Academy.