Archive for March2009

Running Against the Wind

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It seems like yesterday..But it was long ago. Against the wind, We were running against the wind. We were young and strong, we were runningAgainst the wind..And the years rolled slowly past. And I found myself alone.. Surrounded bv strangers I thought were my friends, I found myself further and further from my home.. And […]

NIST;Fire Fighting Tactics under Wind Driven Conditions:Laboratory Experiments

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) with the support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Research and Development Grant Program and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) conducted a series of wind driven fire experiments in a […]

Latest NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports

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NIOSH has recently released the following Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports: F2008-15 Jun 22, 2007 Engineer suffers fatal heart attack at scene of residential fire Michigan http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200815.html F2008-13 Feb 19, 2007 Fire fighter-emergency medical technician suffers sudden cardiac death during overhaul – New York http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200813.html Take a look through the reports and see if there […]

Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions – Free Online Course from UL

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Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions – Free Online CourseThis two-hour presentation summarizes a research study on the hazards posed to firefighters by the use of lightweight construction and engineered lumber in floor and roof designs. This presentation will allow fire professionals to better interpret fire hazards and assess risk for life safety […]

Take a Good Look Around-This is Your Town

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As you drive about your response district today, coming back from an alarm, heading to the firehouse tonight or running errands around your community this weekend, take a good look around. Ask your self a simple question; “How well do you know the buildings, structures and occupancies in your response jurisdiction?”Be honest, do you really […]

2008 Firefighter Near Miss Annual Report Issued

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The 2008 Near-Miss Annual Report was recently issued and is available on the NMR Webs site HERE. The report was also included in the February issue of FireRescue magazine.If you would like more copies of the 2008 Near-Miss Annual Report please e-mail Amanda McHenry at amchenry@iafc.org with your contact name, address and amount needed. To […]

Houston FD Mayday Operations & RIT

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In case some of you missed the excellent video that depicts the operations of the Houston FD at a Four Alarm Fire in an office building on March 28, 2007 HERES some information. The fire resulted in three civilian fatalities with three firefigher injuries. There was a significant mayday and RIT operation that evolved during […]

Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters Working Above Fire-Damaged Floors

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Fire fighters are at risk of falling through fire-damaged floors. Fire burning underneath floors can significantly degrade the floor system with little indication to fire fighters working above. Floors can fail within minutes of fire exposure, and new construction technology such as engineered wood floor joists may fail sooner than traditional construction methods. NIOSH recommends […]