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

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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 […]

Closed Structures

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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 […]

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Under Construction

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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 […]

Operational Safety on Fire Escapes

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

Lessons from the Fireground: Watts Street Fire-FDNY 1994

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Lessons from the Fireground: Watts Street Fire-FDNY 1994 On the evening of March 28, 1994, FDNY responded to a report of heavy smoke and sparks from a chimney of a three-story apartment building located at 62 Watts Street, in the Borough of Manhattan.(NYC). Smoke and sparks were evident from the chimney upon arrival of first-due […]

Boston (MA) FD Box 9-1579 Beacon Street-2014 Fire Reports Issued

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Lessons from the Fireground Boston (MA) FD March 26, 2014  Box 9-1579 298 Beacon Street Fire Reports Issued NIOSH LODD Report: http://www.cityofboston.gov/fire/pdfs/nioshbeacon.pdf BFD Board of Inquiry Report: http://www.cityofboston.gov/fire/pdfs/boi-fire-march16.pdf Executive Summary from the Boston Fire Department Board of Inquiry Report on the Line-of-Duty Deaths on March 26, 2014 298 Beacon Street Boston, Massachusetts Box 9-1579 District […]

Training Seminars and Lecture Programs For National Delivery 2016 – 2017

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Training Seminars and Lecture Programs For National Delivery 2016 – 2017 The Command Institute and Buildingsonfire.com are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 – 2017 Training Seminars and Lecture Series for deliveries nationally thought the United States and Canada. Incorporating and facilitating the latest training delivery concepts and methodologies and integrating current and emerging technology, social […]

Mega Mansions- Insights from the Maryland Childs Point Road Fire

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  On Monday, January 19, 2015, a fire occurred at a residential dwelling located at 936 Childs Point Road, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland 21401.  The two-story occupied single family dwelling was approximately 16,386 square feet in size and sustained a complete loss to the structure and contents. The damage was estimated to be approximately […]

Predictability of Building Performance – Expect Fire

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The Predictability of Building Performance must take into consideration that in the context of today’s fire ground, buildings and fire dynamics, small changes on initial compartment or structure conditions may often produce and result in large-scale or magnitude changes that affect the long term outcome of the incident. We have assumed that the routiness or […]

Predictability and Performance of Buildings on Fire

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When we look at various buildings and occupancies, past operational experiences (both good and bad) give us experiences that define and determine how we assess, react and expect similar structures and occupancies to perform at a given alarm in the future. The theory of naturalistic decision-making forms much of this basis. The Art and Science […]

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