Report on Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) recently released a report titled, Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), conducted the study, which was sponsored by the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG), to begin to understand the performance of tall wood buildings under credible fire scenarios to ensure the […]

Thirty Year Remembrance: Buffalo Box 191 North Division & Grosvenor Streets, December 27, 1983

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    Thirty Year Remembrance: Buffalo (NY) Box 191 North Division & Grosvenor Street, December 27, 1983 As Buffalo (NY) firefighters arrived at the scene of a reported propane leak in a three-story radiator warehouse (Type III Ordinary and Type IV Heavy Timber construction), a massive explosion occurred, killing five firefighters instantly and injuring nine […]

Operational Excellence

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“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 […]

FDNY: The 23 Street Collapse October 17,1966 Box 55 598

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Accessed from FDNY – Remembering the “23rd Street Fire” October 17, 1966, Facebook Page On October 17th, 1966, Manhattan Dispatch recorded an alarm from a resident at 7 East 22nd Street for smoke on the 4th floor of a brownstone. Box 0598 was transmitted at 2136 hours. Engine 14, 3 & 16, Ladders 3 & […]

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 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

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?

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…

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