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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 […]

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?

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

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The WaldbaumÂ’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 […]

Colerain and Eleven Minutes to Mayday: Lessons from 2008 Resonate Today

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Eleven Minutes to Mayday: Lessons from 2008 Resonate Today

Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2016- FDIC

Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2016 Fire Department Instructors Conference- FDIC International 4-hour preconference workshop: Tuesday afternoon April 19th, from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.   As you’re planning your preconference workshops, classroom sessions and networking opportunities for FDIC International 2016, I’d like to personally invite you to consider attending my 4-hour preconference workshop: Buildings […]

Houston Southwest Inn Fire

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Southwest Inn Hotel Fire – 2013 6855 Southwest Freeway  Houston, Texas May 31, 2013 Incident Number 1305310305 A few weeks ago on Father’s Day, while in Houston (Texas) on business I stopped by to pay my solemn respects at the site of the May 31, 2013 Southwest Inn fire that claimed the lives of Four HFD firefighters and […]

Taking it to the Streets Live Podcast: A Conversation on Basement Fires Media Files

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  Taking it to the Streets- A Conversation on Basement Fires Live Podcast on timely issues directly related to the conduct of operations at Basement Fires. Taking it to the Streets presents a live interactive podcast on FireFighternetcast.com on Wednesday evening February 25th at 8pm ET with a focused Conversation and Discussion on Basement Fires. […]

Operational Conditions can Change in a Heartbeat-Remembrance: FDNY Black Sunday 2005-2015

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Remembrance: Lessons from the Fireground-FDNY Black Sunday 2005-2015 Remembrance: Lt. Curtis Meyran, FF. John Bellew, FF. Richard Sclafani, Lt. Joseph BiBernardo and the Survivors The call had come at 7:59 on a Sunday morning, the day after a January blizzard had shut down the city. There was still more than a foot of unplowed snow […]

Remembrance Firefighter Mark Falkenhan-Lessons from the Fireground

Buildingsonfire-Lessons from the Fireground Remembrance Firefighter Mark Falkenhan 30 Dowling Circle-Baltimore County, MDOn January 19, 2011, at approximately 1855 hours, a 43-year-old volunteer fire fighter died after being caught in a rapid fire progression. The victim and another fire fighter were conducting a search of a third-floor apartment above the fire, which had started on […]

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 […]

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