Archive for July2009

Sixty Seconds for a Three Sixty

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As I was contemplating the development of a posting for today, one that was intended to pose a few rhetorical questions for the day, I came across an email forward to me by a good friend Brian O’Malley a motivational speaker, with a proclamation that provided a three-sixty (360) review to a recent strategic alignment […]

Ten Minutes in the Streets: First-Due on a Saturday Morning-Smokin’ Scenario

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Ten Minutes in the Streets: First-Due on a Saturday Morning-Smokin’ Posted by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on July 18, 2009 at 10:17am in Fireground Tactics & Firefighter Safety on Firefighter Nation http://www.firefighternation.com/forum/topics/ten-minutes-in-the-streets

Firefighter Safety at Vacant Structures

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I was interviewed recently by a national financial and news reporting network on the topic of the escalating home foreclosure rate related to the depressed economy and its impact on the fire service. It was interesting to note that this highly respected and prominent news network was interested in gaining an understanding and perspective on […]

The BOSS

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No this isn’t about Springsteen…. The Company Officer fulfills a mission critical role within the fire service that directly affects personnel and public safety and community accord. The title carries with it the opportunity to ride the “front seat” and be in charge of a company responsible for addressing incident operations and service demands dictated […]

Ethical and Moral Fortitude or Unemployment

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Photo From STATter911 Recently a Fire Chief from the community of Shaker Heights, Ohio (metro Cleveland) took a position and stand on issues affecting the department and the community related to budget reductions demanded by the mayor’s office. Refer to the event postings HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, if you missed the details. The economic […]

Laminated veneer lumber (LVL)

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Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) Are you aware of the product and it’s characteristics? Here’s a quick primer, ready or not here it comes in a neighborhood close to you. According to the manufacturer, Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is a vast improvement over solid wood beams. Problems that naturally occur as solid sawn lumber dries – […]

Buildings Under Construction

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It’s been a busy week for a couple of departments nationally with major fires at buildings under construction. A multiple alarm fire struck a 5 –story Apartment Complex in Renton, Washington that occupies nearly a full city block on Tuesday June 30th, HERE and HERE for details. On Monday June 29th, a spectacular multiple alarm […]

NFPA 2008 Firefighter LODD Report Issued

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The NFPA Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2008 report was rcently issued. The report provides overall statistics on line-of-duty firefighter fatalities in 2008, including non-incident-related deaths. Includes patterns, trends, career vs. volunteer comparisons, and brief narratives on selected incidents. Report Abstract:In 2008, a total of 103 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the U.S. This […]

Remembrance Two LODD events and the Lessons Learned

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As we approach the July 4th holiday period, two significant LODD incidents previously occurred during this time frame that hold a number of lessons learned related to command management, operations, building construction principles and building performance, fire behavior and the ever present dangers of the job. Take the opportunity to learn more about these events, […]