Tactical Clarity: How the Fire Compartment Diagram Can Help You Make Effective Fire Ground Decisions

  • November 12, 2021
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Online Zoom Session

Facilitated by James Mendoza

To control the fire environment and prevent flashover, a firefighter must understand the fundamental relationships between fuel, heat flux, air, and water application. A simple diagram outlining these relationships can help clarify tactical options used on the fire ground to control the fire. This class will take a look at these relationships and discuss how our tactical choices impact them. Thinking through the fire compartment diagram can help provide mental clarity to assist fire ground decision-making for all levels of firefighters.

James' Biography

James Mendoza is a captain and training officer for the San Jose Fire Department. He holds an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford University. James was a technical panel member for UL’s Coordinated Fire Attack study and was a Master Instructor for the From Knowledge To Practice project in Ottawa. He helped rewrite the State of California’s Structural Firefighting Course. A former science teacher, James is a pioneer in developing and delivering fire behavior curriculum and live-fire training which incorporates science theory and models to help present complex ideas in an understandable way.