Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving

“If you’re going to Command or Tactical Engage at a Structure Fire: You better Understand the Building, The Compartment and Your Company- There’s Limited Margin for Error on Today’s Evolving Fireground”……. “Errors and Omissions are Very Unforgiving” Respect and Know Your Buildings, Understand the Fire, Develop Your Proficiencies, Do Your Job          Buildingsonfire-Baltimore: […]

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Lessons from the Fireground: FDNY – The Bronx

  Lessons from the Fireground: FDNY Lt. Howard Carpluk, Jr.,  and FF Michael C. Reilly August 27.2006 Box 33- 2797  1575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York On August 27, 2006, FDNY Lieutenant Howard Carpluk, Jr., and FF Michael C. Reilly died in the line-of-duty after the floor they were operating on during fire suppression operations […]

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

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 […]

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Closed Structures

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 […]

New and Expanded Programs for 2017-Sneak Preview

New and Expanded Training Seminar Programs for 2017     End of Summer Sneak Preview       Building Construction for Today’s Fire Service Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire […]

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Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Under Construction

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Brock Commons Phase 1 Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia Point Grey campus   One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world is under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus. The 18-story student residence building will provide housing for 404 students with a mix of […]

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Operational Safety on Fire Escapes

Fire escapes can be readily found on numerous buildings of heritage and legacy construction, are you aware of some safety considerations?

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Lessons from the Fireground- Third Avenue Collapse FDNY 1956-2016

Lessons from the Fireground- Third Avenue Collapse FDNY 1956 4065 Third Avenue Bronx (NY) April 4, 1956 FDNY- Box 4-4- 2904 Bronx (NY) Box 2904 was struck at 20:40 hours on April 4, 1956 for a reported fire in the basement that had communicated vertically into the first floor and had spread into the wall […]

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

Eleven Minutes to Mayday: Lessons from 2008 Resonate Today

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Lessons from the Fireground: Watts Street Fire-FDNY 1994

Lessons from the Fireground: Watts Street Fire-FDNY 1994 On the evening of March 28, 1994, FDNY responded to a report of heavy smoke and sparks from a chimney of a three-story apartment building located at 62 Watts Street, in the Borough of Manhattan.(NYC). Smoke and sparks were evident from the chimney upon arrival of first-due […]

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