Why is Compartment Fire Behavior Training (CFBT) Important?

Firefighter safety during firefighting operations has seen minimal improvement over the last 27 years despite significant technological advances in personal protective equipment.

Ed Hartin, M.S., EFO, is a Battalion Chief with Gresham Fire and Emergency Services in Gresham, Oregon. Ed has a longstanding interest in fire behavior and has traveled internationally, studying fire behavior and firefighting best practices in Sweden, the UK, and Australia. Along with Paul Grimwood (UK), Shan Raffel and John McDonough (Australia), Ed co-authored 3D Firefighting: Techniques, Tips, and Tactics a text on compartment fire behavior and firefighting operations soon to be released by Fire Protection Publications.


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