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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 […]

Ready, Set, Go…

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Before Making Entry, while in the street; Has someone completed or assigned the reconn for a 360 of the building? Have you looked at the Building and its Profile and Understood what you’re looking at? Made a Rapid Risk Assessment? Assessed the Building’s Anatomy? Considered the Compartment? Considered the Fire Dynamics? Assessed the Predictability of […]

Building Risk Profile, Before the First-Due

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You are integral to all that’s required on the fireground: failure is not an option.

Operational Considerations for Residential Basement Fires

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Operational Considerations for Residential Basement Fires Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most challenging tactical operations that present numerous risk factors requiring the highest degree of situational awareness, training skill sets and continuous incident monitoring and assessment to gauge building structural integrity, fire behavior and fire dynamics and corresponding […]

All Companies Stand-by: Transmitting a New Box for…

All Companies Stand-by: Transmitting a New Box for… The all new FireGroundLeadership.com         All Companies Stand-by: Transmitting a New Box for a brand new destination blog-site. You’ve arrived at the new FireGroundLeadership.com. Formally CommandSafety.com, the site has been retooled and redesigned to provide a focused streaming of information and insights with a […]

Operational Excellence

“Operational Excellence is achieved through Tactical Discipline, Tactical Patience and Knowledge of our Buildingsonfire” Understanding the Compartment in various types of occupancies and variation of building types lends itself towards the identification and selection of appropriate tactics with corresponding capabilities in the form of sustainable water flow for the expected fire load package. Understanding the […]

A View from the Street

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The company and command officer’s ability to accurately and effectively read the building establishes the not only the direction of an incident but also it’s potential outcome. What can you access from this street view of this building, it’s occupancy risks and structural and collapse profile? What type of strategies and tactics would you employ […]

A View from the Street; Remembrance and Paying Respect

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A View from the Street; Remembrance and Paying Respect A brief trip on Friday took me to the City of Buffalo, New York. Following business, I made my way to 1815 Genesee Street. As the morning sun began to burn off the light layer of fog, I came upon my destination which at first glance […]

The Supreme Sacrifice: August 2, 1978 FDNY

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The FDNY members killed in the Waldbaums fire included:     Lt. James E. Cutillo, Battalion 33 Firefighter Charles S. Bouton, Ladder Company 156 Firefighter Harold F. Hastings, Battalion 42 Firefighter James P. McManus, Ladder Company 153 Firefighter William O’ Connor, Ladder Company 156 Firefighter George S. Rice, Ladder Company 153  

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