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Premier Episode of BuildingsonFire’s Taking it to the Street on FireEngineering.com / Talk Radio

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All Units standby for an important transmission; Thursday October 05, 2017 the premier episode of BuildingsonFire’s Taking it to the Street Launches on FireEngineering.com / Talk Radio. (Here) Host Christopher Naum leads a timely discussion on Emerging Trends in Building Construction and their Impacts on Firefighting Operations with scheduled guests; Battalion Chief Jerry Tracy, (ret) FDNY, Division Chief Peter […]

The Waldbaum Fire and Collapse: FDNY 1978 Honor, Remembrance, Learning’s

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The Waldbaum’s Supermarket Fire and Collapse: FDNY 1978 Honor, Remembrance, Learning’s The Waldbaum Super market fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames. The fire began in a hallway near the […]

The Bowstring Truss

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The Bowstring Truss There’s a tremendous lack of understanding in the American Fire Service as to what accurately defines and comprises a Heavy Timber Bowstring Truss and the Operational and Safety Precautions that must be recognized, implemented and trained on, in order to achieve and maintain operational excellence, company integrity and firefighter safety on the […]

Lessons from the Fireground: The 701 University Avenue Fire – Four Firefighters LODD 1978

Remembering the 701 University Ave Fire: 1978 in Syracuse, New York

Lessons from the Fireground-1958: Wooster Street Fire and Collapse

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Lessons from the Fireground-1958 Wooster Street Fire & Collapse Box 55-334 FDNY   137 -139 Wooster Street in Lower Manhattan (New York City) was a six story 80 x 100 loft building constructed of heavy timber construction and masonry brick perimeter walls. This was a common building size and type in this area of the […]

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: […]

Lessons from the Fireground: FDNY – The Bronx

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  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 […]

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 […]

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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