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Taxpayer Fire and Collapse with Mayday in Leslie, Michigan Injures Ten Firefighers

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  Ten firefighters were among 11 people injured during a blaze that caused part of a building’s roof to collapse in the mid-Michigan community of Leslie. Leslie is about 20 miles southeast of Lansing, Michigan. The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. Saturday at Moo’s Bar & Grille in downtown Leslie, but a “mayday” […]

Heavy Fire in 10,000 Square Foot Huntingtown (MD) Mega Mansion Injuring 9 Firefighters

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At 2356 hours on Saturday March 19, 2011, the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department was alerted for the reported Chimney Fire at 3380 Soper Road in Huntingtown. While en-route, firefighters received information that the owner was trying to extinguish the fire and believed it had spread to the attic. Units alerted were: Chief 6A (Montgomery), Chief […]

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

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Two firefighters were killed in Chesapeake, Virginia when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire.

Gypsum Board Ceiling Systems and Firefigher Safety

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The recent events in Los Angeles and the line of duty death of veteran LAFD Firefighter Glenn Allen who died Friday from injuries he sustained when a ceiling collapsed on him in a house fire late Wednesday night in the Hollywood Hills again gives us pause to reflect on the demands and hazards present at […]

Modular Home Construction and Operations

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     Modular homes are built using an engineered approach to produce buildings in a more efficient and cost effect method that can deliver lower home prices per square foot. Instead of the traditional stick-built, on-site construction methods, most of the work is pre-fabricated at an off-site climate controlled factory. As each sub-section is finished it is transported […]

VES:Flashover, Bailout and Close-call

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N.J. Firefighter bailout from Second-Story Window as a result of room fashover An Asbury Park (NJ) firefighter was seriously burned while fighting an apartment fire in the seaside community. 41-year-old firefighter Jason Fazio was in listed in critical condition at St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston following Monday’s afternoon fire. Officials indicated that Firefighter Fazio was […]

Five Alarm School Fire, Philadelphia

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A fast-moving fire at a Philadelphia (PA) elementary school, which challenged PFD  firefighters early this morning, has finally been placed under control. Crews responded out to the 5100 block of Warren Street in the city’s Parkside section just before 6:00 a.m. after a passing police officer noticed flames coming from the Global Leadership Academy Charter […]

Chicago Firefighters; Double LODD, 17 hurt during 3-11 alarm Blaze and Building Collapse

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            From emerging published reports, Two Chicago firefighters died after a wall collapsed during a 3-11 alarm fire at an abandoned South Side commercial building this morning, authorities said. Fourteen other firefighters were injured, including two who were trapped with the ones who died.     Police squad cars escorted two ambulances north on Lake Shore […]

Collapse of Bowstring Truss Roof Seriously Injures Fire Fighter

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The NIOSH Fire fighter Investigation and Prevention Program, Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports  recently released Report # F2009-12 for a Near-Miss event that seriously injured a firefighter  wih significant learnings;   HERE    Through the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, NIOSH conducts investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries. The program does […]

Near-Misses, Maydays and Floor Collapses

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If you’ve been paying attention to the latest news and on the job reports these past few days, you may have noticed there’s been an emerging trend evident in near miss, close-calls resulting in maydays, RIT deployments and self-rescue resulting from floor compromise and floor collapse.  As I was doing some research and posting links […]

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