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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?

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?

Identifying, Establishing and Managing Collapse Zones

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Identifying, Establishing and Managing Collapse Zones I mentioned in a recent post about on-going research and recommendations being developed for a significant report. A notable issue that seems to resonate and surface on a reoccurring bais is the identification, establishment and management of collapse zones. Building type, construction systems and materials, initiating, apparent or contributIng […]

Remembering the Strand Theater Fire of 1941

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The Strand Theater Fire turned from a routine fire into one of the worst tragedies in Brockton and Massachusetts history,

The 1942 Luongo’s Restaurant Fire and Collapse in East Boston; Six Boston Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths

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A multiple alarm fire and collapse 70 years ago resulting in six Boston Firefighter LODDs, was overshadowed by the Coconut Grove Fire which occurred 13 days later. Here’ the story and legacy.

Remembering Brackenridge 1991 Floor Collapse and LODD

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Remembering Brackenridge 1991 Floor Collapse and LODD

SFFD Diamond Heights LODD Safety Violations

State investigators have cited the San Francisco Fire Department for “serious” worker safety violations in the deaths of two firefighters killed battling a Diamond Heights house fire in June

FDNY: Building Collapse Claims Life Of 1 Of 5 Workers Rescued

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Building underconstruction fails and collapses during concrete pour.

Remembrance: FDNY and Buffalo(NY) Double LODD from Floor Collapse

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Take the time to revisit two Firefighter LODD incidents that both occurred in the month of August in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Both of these incidents involved a double firefighter line-of-duty death (LODD) and resulted from a floor collapse during the conduct of operations within the fire involved structures. There are numerous lessons learned and recommendations that can be considered and applied in organizations and agencies across the country, both large and small; career or volunteer.

NIOSH LODD Report Released on Fire and Collapse Which Killed Two Chicago Firefighters

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NIOSH LODD Report Released on Fire and Collapse Which Killed Two Chicago Firefighters F2010-38  Two Career Fire Fighters Die and 19 Injured in Roof Collapse during Rubbish Fire at an Abandoned Commercial Structure – Illinois NIOSH Executive Summary On December 22, 2010, a 47-year-old male (Victim # 1) and a 34-year old male (Victim # […]

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