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Lessons from the Fireground-Buffalo, New York Genesee Street Fire

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Lessons from the Fireground: Buffalo (NY) Fire Department On August 24, 2009, 45-year-old Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy and 34-year-old Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom died in an early morning fire after a partial first floor collapse at a mixed occupancy commercial/residential structure.   Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Tactical Discipline

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Defined by your actions on the Fireground and in Quarters.

A Delicate Balance

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Light Weight construction has given way to Engineered Structural Systems (ESS) which in today’s evolving fireground, have an even more extensive array of performance, operational and integrity issues that affect a building’s performance under fire conditions.To unequivocally state that nothing has changed in buildings, occupancies, fire flow delivery rates and demands for increased proficiencies of […]

Smart and Intelligent Firefighting

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It’s not about NOT fighting fires, but rather fighting fires smarter.

Predictability and Performance Of Buildings and Today’s Fireground

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Understanding the building – its complexities in terms of anatomy, structural systems, materials, configuration, design, layout, systems, methods of construction, engineering and inherent features, limitations, challenges and risks – is fundamental for operational excellence on the fireground and firefighter safety.

Tabletop Training for the Weekend “Rubbish Fire”

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This special weekend edition of Ten Minutes in the Street TM is being offered on CommandSafety.com and is taking advantage of a training video produced by the LAFD in 2009 that involved a basis initial dispatch to a report of a rubbish fire that escalates into two structure fires and resulted in multiple alarm operations. Challenge your personnel and discuss and tabletop the incident scenario based on your operational and orgnizational profile and resources.

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Three-The New Rules of Engagement

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Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Three-The New Rules of Engagement  With so many changes (budget cuts, staffing reductions, reduced training, etc.) in so many fire departments, it is critical for fire fighters to focus on their own survival on the fire ground. There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations […]

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