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FDNY: The 23 Street Collapse October 17,1966-2016 50th Anniversary and Remembrance

Remembering the “23rd Street Fire” October 17, 1966-2016; 50th Anniversary and Remembrances On October 17th, 1966, Manhattan Dispatch recorded an alarm from a resident at 7 East 22nd Street for smoke on the 4th floor of a brownstone. Box 0598 was transmitted at 2136 hours. Engine 14, 3 & 16, Ladders 3 & 12, Battalion […]

Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving

“If you’re going to Command or Tactical Engage at a Structure Fire: You better Understand the Building, The Compartment and Your Company- There’s Limited Margin for Error on Today’s Evolving Fireground”……. “Errors and Omissions are Very Unforgiving” Respect and Know Your Buildings, Understand the Fire, Develop Your Proficiencies, Do Your Job          Buildingsonfire-Baltimore: […]

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Reflections of 9|11; “You do what God has called you to do. You get on that rig, you go out and do the job”

Reflections of 9|11: You do what God has called you to do. You get on that rig, you go out and do the job. No matter how big the call, no matter how small, you have no idea of what God is calling you to do, but God needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us. God needs us to keep supporting each other, to be kind to each other, to love each other…

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Buildingsonfire-Baltimore: Reading the Building & Tactical Risks for the First-Due Special Seminar

Buildingsonfire-Baltimore: Special Training Seminar Buildingsonfire-Baltimore A One Day Seminar: “Reading the Building: Tactical Risks for the First-Due” Saturday October 1, 2016 Baltimore, Maryland 0800-1700 Ticket Registration   An exceptional training opportunity for both a classroom session and then taking the classroom to the street with a facilitated walking tour of a wide range of buildings, […]

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Lessons from the Fireground: FDNY – The Bronx

  Lessons from the Fireground: FDNY Lt. Howard Carpluk, Jr.,  and FF Michael C. Reilly August 27.2006 Box 33- 2797  1575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York On August 27, 2006, FDNY Lieutenant Howard Carpluk, Jr., and FF Michael C. Reilly died in the line-of-duty after the floor they were operating on during fire suppression operations […]

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Lessons from the Fireground-Buffalo, New York Genesee Street Fire

Lessons from the Fireground: Buffalo (NY) Fire Department On August 24, 2009, 45-year-old Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy and 34-year-old Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom died in an early morning fire after a partial first floor collapse at a mixed occupancy commercial/residential structure.   Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most […]

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Closed Structures

Closed Structures; those buildings with limited ready accessibility to the exterior or by virtue of size and volume related to square footage of area and interior configurations, design and impediments increases operational risk significantly. If companies and commanders are unprepared, complacent or do not engaged in the fluid size-up and risk profiling of the building […]

New and Expanded Programs for 2017-Sneak Preview

New and Expanded Training Seminar Programs for 2017     End of Summer Sneak Preview       Building Construction for Today’s Fire Service Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire […]

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Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Under Construction

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Brock Commons Phase 1 Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia Point Grey campus   One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world is under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus. The 18-story student residence building will provide housing for 404 students with a mix of […]

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Operational Safety on Fire Escapes

Fire escapes can be readily found on numerous buildings of heritage and legacy construction, are you aware of some safety considerations?

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