Keith Stakes

Fireground Coordination

Course Description:

Fire service research highlights the importance of coordinating suppression, ventilation, and search on the fireground. But how do we define coordination? And what makes for an effective fire attack? We know the importance of well-placed initial handlines applying fast water to the fire effectively, either from the interior or the exterior of the structure. Now how do we overlay ventilation and search tactics into the mix? Should these be performed sequentially or simultaneously and why? This presentation will cover the most ideal coordination of suppression, ventilation, and search tactics on the fireground to improve the survivability of potentially trapped occupants and the safety and effectiveness of responding firefighters.


Keith Stakes is a member of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL’s) – Fire Safety Research Institute. As a Research Engineer, he studies the effectiveness of fire service tactics as well as advances in firefighter safety and fireground operations. He has both a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Master’s of Engineering Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. Keith serves with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, Maryland where he currently holds the rank of Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief. Keith continues to serve on the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Service Training and the Editorial Advisory Board for FireRescue1 and Fire Chief magazine