Archive for February2009

Wood Frame Collapse Structural Collapse indicators require sound situational awareness of overall operational profiles, building conditions and operational task assignments. Wood Frame structures are impacted most significantly due to exposure and material degradation from direct flame impingement or failure mechanisims of crucial assembly connections or construction systems. Frequent and Timely observations of structural conditions, impact of fire […]

Command and Company Officers

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Company and Command Officers are crucial to the mission critical effectiveness and safety of company level operations, crew integrity and incident command management and successful mitigation. What are the key elements that set apart those that can be considered “average” officers from those that are exceptional? What key knowledge, skills, abilities and traits do they […]

NIOSH issues the Charleston LODD Report

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research, Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, issued its long awaited report on the Charleston, SC Sofa Store Fire that occurred on June 18, 2007, in which nine career fire fighters died in the line of duty, when they became disoriented in […]

It’s more than just Size-Up; Situational Awareness and Dynamic Risk Assessment

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Dynamic Risk Assessment is commonly used to describe a process of risk assessment being carried out in a changing or evolving environment, where what is being assessed is developing as the process itself is being undertaken. This is further problematical for the Incident Commander when confronted with competing or conflicting incident priorities, demands or distractions […]

Fire Service Leaders to Conduct Study to Improve Fire Fighter Safety and Deployment

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this firefighter safety and resource deployment study will help governments make informed decisions to better match resources with risks to the public and firefighters in their communities.“This is a study many fire industry leaders have dreamed of for several years,” says Chief Dennis Compton of the […]


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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has investigated the fire conditions of two very different fire training incidents that resulted in the loss of life. One incident occurred in an acquired structure and the other occurred in a concrete training tower. In both cases, NIST conducted real scale fire experiments to gain insight […]


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Automatic sprinklers are highly effective elements of total system designs for fire protection inbuildings. When sprinklers cover the area of fire origin, they operate in 95% of all reported structure fires large enough to activate sprinklers. When they operate, they are effective 96% of the time, resulting in a combined performance of operating effectively in […]

USFA and NVFC Release Updated Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), working with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), has issued a revised Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and EmergencyServices. The Health and Wellness Guide now provides updated information on health and wellness issues, trends, and programs focused on the needs of the volunteer fire service. The document […]

2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week Theme Announced

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Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility June 14-20, 2009 Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility encourages chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally can do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. This year’s theme reflects the need for personal responsibility and […]

FDNY High-Rise Operations Symposium

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FDNY High-Rise Operations SymposiumMarch 19 & 20, 2009The FDNY responds to more than two million calls each year. Many of these responses are in high-rise buildings.The information presented will assist Firefighters, Line Officers, Fire Chiefs, Building Managers and Fire Engineers create solutions to problems unique to high-rise buildings.During the Department’s 143-year history, we continue to […]

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