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NIST/Simulation of a Fire in a Hillside Residential Structure San Francisco, CA

Buildingsonfire Lessons from the Fireground – NIST/Simulation of a Fire in a Hillside Residential Structure San Francisco, CA On June 2, 2011, a fire in a multi-level, wood-frame residential structure claimed the life of two firefighters of the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department. NIST examined the fire dynamics of this incident at the request of […]

The Les Lukert Winter Conference-NSFSI

The Les Lukert Winter Conference 25th Annual Conference Presented by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors (NSFSI) You won’t want to miss this conference. The color of your helmet doesn’t matter there is a class for everyone. Come learn and network with other firefighters then go back to your department and “SHARE The Knowledge”. […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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The Next Step

The Next Step Size-up must evolve into dynamic management of risk during fire attack   The continued emphasis on improving our safety culture and the reemergence of “safety” as a strategic pillar is evident in current fire service operations and initiatives. The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (LSIs), first developed in 2004, provide a basis […]

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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Field Trips

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 […]

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A View from the Street

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 […]

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The Little Things in Buildings

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

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