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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tactical Discipline

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Defined by your actions on the Fireground and in Quarters.

Remembrance: Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy

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Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy On December 3, 1999, a five-alarm fire at the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Co. building claimed the lives of six brave firefighters who responded to the call. These six heros, The Worcester 6, sacrificed their lives to try and rescue two individuals who were believed to be trapped inside the […]

The Same Mistakes: Newspaper Reports Common Issues Affecting Fire Operations

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Four years after nine firefighters died battling Sofa Super Store fire, a report details an eerily similar set of breakdowns in a March blaze.

SFFD Diamond Heights LODD Safety Violations

State investigators have cited the San Francisco Fire Department for “serious” worker safety violations in the deaths of two firefighters killed battling a Diamond Heights house fire in June

Size-Up: Report of the Week (ROTW)

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Sizing up a structure for a fire attack is a skill that takes time, practice and experience to fully develop. In some cases, if the size-up is too rapid, critical points can be overlooked.The National Fire Fighter’s Near-Miss Reporting System’s Report of the Week (ROTW) has some insights.

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports

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New NIOSH LODD Reports issued from the FIRE FIGHTER FATALITY INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM. Are they on your radar screen?

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