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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 […]

Field Trips

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Building Anatomy If you don’t know how the building was built, its materials, the degree of compartmentation, workmanship, level of fixed or passive systems and layout: then how do you expect to effectively and efficiently engage in a structural fire on the building on fire? Many times phased construction on large scale building projects allows […]

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 […]

The Little Things in Buildings

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Don’t neglect to look at the little things when conducting a Building Size-up and assessment

A View from the Street

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The Art and Science of Firefighting is aligning in a manner that will ultimately forge enhancements in…

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  

FDNY: The 1978 Waldbaum Fire and Collapse-Remembrance 35 Years

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The Thirty-five year anniversary of the FDNY Waldbaum’s Fire and Collapse: Do you know the lessons learned?

Tactical Discipline

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Defined by your actions on the Fireground and in Quarters.

Remembering the FDNY Father’s Day Fire- 2001

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June 17, 2001 Remembering FDNY Father’s Day Fire-June 17, 2001 The relative calm of a quiet Sunday, Father’s Day, June 17th , 2001 was broken at 14:19 hours with a phone call to the FDNY Queens Central Office reporting a fire at 12-22 Astoria Blvd, in the Astoria Section of Queens, New York. For almost […]

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