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The Brotherhood of the Fire Service and the Bonds of Family

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We all share a common bond that is defined by who we are and that is; firefighters. We are also defined by our families and loved ones and by the paths these past eleven years have given us; and where they may lead in the years ahead.

Engineering Ground Zero

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To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presented an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial […]

Predictability and Performance Of Buildings and Today’s Fireground

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Understanding the building – its complexities in terms of anatomy, structural systems, materials, configuration, design, layout, systems, methods of construction, engineering and inherent features, limitations, challenges and risks – is fundamental for operational excellence on the fireground and firefighter safety.

Defining Buildings and their Inherent Characteristics

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Defining Building Categories and Systems for Today’s Fireground

Fire Fighter Killed by Exterior Wall Collapse during Defensive Operations at a Commercial Structure

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NIOSH Report highlights collapse considerations during defensive operations that contributed to FF LODD

USFA Releases Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) Topical Report

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Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) is part of the Topical Fire Report Series. Topical reports explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. The Report focuses on the causes and characteristics of fire injuries in residential buildings.

Baltimore County (MD) Firefighter Falkenhan Line of Duty Death Report Issued

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“Firefighter Falkenhan was a well-respected and experienced firefighter. He died performing his duties during a very complex incident with severe fire conditions and unique fire behavior coupled with the immediate need to perform multiple rescues of victims in imminent danger. It would be easy if one particular failure of the system could be identified as the cause of this tragedy. We could fix it and move on. Unfortunately it is not that simple. No incident is “routine”. Mark’s death and this report reinforce that fact”. From the Baltimore County (MD) FD LODD Report.

Structural Collapse Insights and Aides from NIST

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A primer on past Structural Collapse research and insights.

Residential Fire Injures Seven Firefighters: Wind Driven Conditions Suspected

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Residential Fire Injures Seven Firefighters: Wind Driven Conditions Suspected. Apparent wind driven condition contributed to rapidly escalating fire conditions resulting in extreme fire behavior during initial fire suppression operations being coordinated at a single family residential dwelling (SFD) fire Friday night February 24th in Riverdale, MD

San Francisco FD Berkeley Way Double LODD Report Issued: Routine Fire….

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This incident appeared from the onset to be a routine “room and contents” fire that the SFFD encounters on a regular basis. As the Companies were performing standard fireground operations, the incident rapidly deteriorated due to a hostile fire event. The failure of a window in the fire room allowed fresh oxygen to enter the room, providing a fire that was deprived of one of the key elements of combustion to rapidly intensify.

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