Podcast 20 – David Dalrymple and Fire – Part II

Motorsport championships are heating up. As is the approaching Australian summer. So let's crack on with the second half of the podcast that I recorded with Fire Specialist and Motorsport Rescue Technician, David Dalrymple.


In Part 2 we cover:
  • Fire suppression and extinguishing agents.
  • Standards, recommendations and regulations.
  • The NFPA 610 regulations for fire response at motorsport events.
  • David's forthcoming article on two new mask respirators for fire management safety. David's First Responders Fire and Rescue course for Motorsports at the Tim O'Neill Rally School in September.

Here's the podcast:


Here are the resources and references:

David's Twitter Handle @carslayer (Get in contact if you want to join in on the Motorsport Emergency Rescue Education discussion group)


Financial incentives disclaimer: David Dalrymple runs the Roadway Rescue agency and works with the Team O'Neill Rally School to provide his motorsport rescue training. Other than these, David claims no financial conflicts of interest to declare about any of the brands that he refers to during this podcast. As for me, I would dearly love to have some financial conflicts to declare, but alas I'll still be heading off to work on Monday.

Podcast 19 – David Dalrymple and Fire – Part 1


The speed, the heat, the fumes .... motorsport is great!

Unless the heat and fumes are the cause of a fire and the speed refers to the rate at which the flames are spreading. Then it's really bad.


There are a lot of reasons why a fire can get going during a motorsport event, whether at the scene of a crash or somewhere in the paddock or service park. We rely on the presence of knowledgeable and experienced fire marshals to have our backs (and fronts, sides, tops and underparts), but wouldn't it be helpful to at least have an understanding of the various aspects of fire risk and management in this environment? To at least have a common language during set up or a crisis and maybe even spot a deficit and head it off before a disaster occurs.


David Dalrymple is a New Jersey based fire expert, having served as a fire officer and educator in both civilian and motorsport services. He runs his own fire response company, Roadway Rescue, and conducts motorsport focused fire and rescue training courses.

We caught up for a chat about all things flamey and recorded this podcast. This is Part 1, in which we cover:
  • The basics of what a fire is and why it's bad for you.
  • The types of combustible materials that can be found at any given motorsport event, including lithium ion battery thermal runaway.

Part 2 will be released later this month and will cover:
    • Fire suppression and extinguishing agents.
    • Standards, recommendations and regulations.
    • The NFPA 610 regulations for fire response at motorsport events.
    • David's forthcoming article on two new mask respirators for fire management safety. David's First Responders Fire and Rescue course for Motorsports at the Tim O'Neill Rally School in September.



    Here are the links to the resources mentioned in the podcast.



    Note: Aside from plugging his course in Part 2, David has stated that he has no financial conflicts of interest to declare about any of the brands that he refers to during this podcast. As for me, I would dearly love to have some financial conflicts to declare, but alas I'll still be heading off to work on Monday.

    Podcast 18 – The competitor’s perspective with Karl Reindler



    What's it like to crash at over 150kph? What's it like to be crashed into? What about being engulfed in a fireball while strapped into your seat by a combination of a 6-point harness, communications wiring, ventilation and drinks tubing and a window safety net? And what is it like to have a medical response team haul you out of your broken car and start working on you right there?

    If you race for long enough and push hard enough there is a statistical likelihood that this will happen at some point.



    It's tough to find someone who will discuss this topic as professional drivers tend to be a superstitious bunch and this is a touchy area to acknowledge. Yet getting an insight into the competitor's perspective is so valuable for medical responders at any sporting event; not just motorsport.



    Karl Reindler is a professional race car driver who knows exactly how all of these things feel like. He's also an eloquent and candid guy who is prepared to talk about this side of racing. I've chased him for a year to do this podcast (my fault, not Karl's) and last weekend we managed to find a shared 20 minutes to go through it.





    As always, feel free to leave comments or ask questions below.