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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 […]

A View from the Street

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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 […]

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

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…

The Supreme Sacrifice: August 2, 1978 FDNY

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FDNY Waldbaum Fire and Collapse: 1978-2013 Remembrance Video   The FDNY members killed in the Waldbaum’s fire included: • Lt. James E. Cutillo, Battalion 33 • Firefighter Charles S. Bouton, Ladder Company 156 • Firefighter Harold F. Hastings, Battalion 42 • Firefighter James P. McManus, Ladder Company 153 • Firefighter William O’Connor, Ladder Company 156 […]

FDNY: The 1978 Waldbaum Fire and Collapse-Remembrance 35 Years

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The Thirty-five year anniversary of the FDNY Waldbaum’s Fire and Collapse: Do you know the lessons learned?

Building Risk Profile, Before the First-Due

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You are integral to all that’s required on the fireground: failure is not an option.

Remembering the FDNY Father’s Day Fire- 2001

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The relative calm of a quiet Sunday, Father’s Day, June 17th , 2001 was broken…

Still and Box for CFD: Near Miss Stairwell Collapse in Chicago

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A fire in a three story multiple family apartment building injured four City of Chicago (IL) firefighters when an interior stairway collapsed during firefighting operations. The building was constructed in 1927 and consisted of 5456 square feet of space with 3-5 apartment units. Built of masonry wall construction with a wood floor joist system, the […]

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