Archive for November2009

Welcome to the new Commandsafety.com

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Superman, Ironman, Batman, Fireman, HumanÂ…We have a tendency- at times to momentarily lapse in recognizing we “Fireman” (and this is related to all gender of firefighters) are Human. Everyday, firefighters throughout America and the world perform extraordinary feats of bravery and heroism, much of it unheralded, unnoticed and underappreciated. It’s part of our job, it’s […]

Fortitude & Courage to be Safety Conscious

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The demands and requirements of modern firefighting will continue to require the placement of personnel within situations and buildings that carry risk, uncertainty and inherent danger. As a result, risk management must become fluid and integrate all personnel. We must manage dynamic risks with a balanced approach of effective assessment, analysis and probability within command […]

On Any Given day

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On any given day, at any give alarm, the dynamics around us at times may be in or out of our direct control. We may not be able to see what the cards have in store for us, BUT we must ensure we use every fragment of training, fortitude, knowledge, skills, courage, bravery, insights, luck […]

Is it Still Business as Usual?

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We’ve taked about a few things recently such as looking at the big picture related to buildings and occupancies and the functional parameters dealing with size-up and risk assessment. Then there’s the dialog and discussion on the Predictability of Performance related to buildings and occupancies. Back in July I talked about a number of operational […]

Building Construction & Performance

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If you don’t fully understand how a building truly performs or reacts under fire conditions and the variables that can influence its stability and degradation, movement of fire and products of combustion and the resource requirements for fire suppression in terms of staffing, apparatus and required fire flows, then you will be functioning and operating […]

Thank you for your sacrifice and duty to country

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Thank you for your sacrifice and duty to country

Ten Minutes in the Street Scenarios on Firefighter Nation

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                                                                                                                Ten Minutes in the Street: On-scene, with Engine 13….. http://www.firefighternation.com/forum/topics/ten-minutes-in-the-street-12 Ten Minutes in the Street: On-scene, with Engine 21, Second AlarmÂ… http://www.firefighternation.com/forum/topics/ten-minutes-in-the-street-13 Ten Minutes in the Street: “Dispatch to Chief..YouÂ’ve got Two Working Fires…” http://www.firefighternation.com/forum/topics/ten-minutes-in-the-street-14

Buildingsonfire.com Launching Soon

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Buildingsonfire.com Launching January 2010 An Informational, Reference and Training web site Dedicated to the Art & Science of Building Construction, Firefighting and Command Risk Management to promote Firefighter Safety Advancing Training, Knowledge, Skill Development and Safety Focus for the Fire Service, and Supporting the NFFF Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives & EGH program Check out Buildingsonfire […]

Another Average Week…for most of us

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During this week, there were on average, over 10,173 structure fires in the United States. According to NFPA statistics the following occur on average in the U.S; • A fire department responded to a fire every 20 seconds. • One structure fire was reported every 59 seconds. • One home structure fire was reported every […]

Looking at the Big Picture

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A recent posting by Chief Ben Waller on the Candle-Moth Syndrome and the reference to Target Fixation brings to light some very important insights related to buildings, occupancies and the risk assessment process. The relationship of target fixation and faulted size-up that ultimately progresses to faulted tactics and the potential for detrimental incident outcomes is […]