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Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

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Firefighters must decide whether to fight the fire from above or below, both of which present many difficulties. In both instances, firefighters have to consider that roofs or ceilings may collapse.

VES:Flashover, Bailout and Close-call

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N.J. Firefighter bailout from Second-Story Window as a result of room fashover An Asbury Park (NJ) firefighter was seriously burned while fighting an apartment fire in the seaside community. 41-year-old firefighter Jason Fazio was in listed in critical condition at St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston following MondayÂ’s afternoon fire. Officials indicated that Firefighter Fazio was […]

Five Alarm School Fire, Philadelphia

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A fast-moving fire at a Philadelphia (PA) elementary school, which challenged PFD  firefighters early this morning, has finally been placed under control. Crews responded out to the 5100 block of Warren Street in the cityÂ’s Parkside section just before 6:00 a.m. after a passing police officer noticed flames coming from the Global Leadership Academy Charter […]

USFA Releases Provisional 2010 Firefighter Fatality Statistics

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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has announced there were 85 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2010, a 6 percent decrease from the 90 fatalities reported for 2009.The 85 fatalities were spread across 31 states. Illinois experienced the highest number of fatalities (9). In addition […]

Make Everyday a Training Opportunity

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Here’s some USFA/NFA Training Program Course Titles and direct Links to their respective Student Manuals  (PDF Files) that you can download, review and take away some information for a company or department level drill or integrate into a class.  Make everyday a Training Opportunity. Principles of Building Construction Combustible Principles of Building Construction Non-Combustible Incident […]

Chicago: Anatomy of a Building and its Collapse-PDF Download

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Chicago: Anatomy of a Building and its Collapse PDF Training Aid The recent post titled: Chicago: Anatomy of a Building and its Collapse has been receiving a considerable amount of attention as the post makes its way throughout the fire service eMedia sites, links, likes, shares and commentary circles, with over 6,000 views in the past […]

Tactical Patience and the New Considerations of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

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The most recent release of the testing report from Underwriters Laboratories; Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction.

Collapse of Bowstring Truss Roof Seriously Injures Fire Fighter

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The NIOSH Fire fighter Investigation and Prevention Program, Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports  recently released Report # F2009-12 for a Near-Miss event that seriously injured a firefighter  wih significant learnings;   HERE    Through the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, NIOSH conducts investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries. The program does […]

Near-Misses, Maydays and Floor Collapses

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If youÂ’ve been paying attention to the latest news and on the job reports these past few days, you may have noticed thereÂ’s been an emerging trend evident in near miss, close-calls resulting in maydays, RIT deployments and self-rescue resulting from floor compromise and floor collapse.  As I was doing some research and posting links […]

Taking it to the Streets: Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror

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Taking it to the Streets with Christopher Naum   Taking it to the Streets: Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror On Your Street, In Your City, Across the Country, Around the WorldTM  Join us on Wednesday night December 15th at 9:00 pm EST for an insightful look back at 2010 and forward into 2011 […]

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