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Gypsum Board Ceiling Systems, Ceiling Collapse and Firefighter Safety

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We’re posting the ROTW alert in it’s entirety below and are expanding upon this discussion to include materials previously posted on Buildingsonfire.com from the posts that surrounded the LAFD LODD of Firefighter Glenn L. Allen

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 # […]

Standpipe Systems and Operational Insights

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Standpipe Systems, Select Case Studies, Incident Reports, LODD Investigations and Operational Insights for Firefighter Safety and Operational Excellence

Large Loss Building Fires Report

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  The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) have recently issued a special report examining the characteristics and causes of Large Loss Building Fires (PDF, 834 Kb).  The report, developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, is based on 2007 to 2009 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). […]

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week 2011, Day Seven; Fire Fighter, Fire Officer and Command Training and Preparedness

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As the official Fire/EMS Safety Week 2011 begins to wind down, in many stations around the country this weekend is dedicated to training, drills and evolutions dedicated toward the many facets and functional elements…

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week 2011, Day Six; From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack-Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

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For those of you that follow or have attended one of my many seminar and lecture program offerings, one program seems very pertinent in both context and content on this, the Sixth Day of Fire/EMS Safety Week 2011 that resonates around the theme and focus of Surviving the Fire Ground – Fire Fighter, Fire Officer […]

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week 2011: Day Five: Near-Misses, Maydays and Floor Collapses

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During the last quarter of 2010 and leading well into the second quarter of 2011 there has been a significant emerging trend developing in basement fires, compromised floor systems and assemblies leading to collapse and numerous near-miss events, close calls and unfortunatly, line of duty deaths during fire operations. If you’ve been paying attention to the various news and […]

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Three-The New Rules of Engagement

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Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Three-The New Rules of Engagement  With so many changes (budget cuts, staffing reductions, reduced training, etc.) in so many fire departments, it is critical for fire fighters to focus on their own survival on the fire ground. There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations […]

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Two- Building Knowledge = Fire Fighter Safety

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Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week: Day Two– Building Knowledge = Fire Fighter Safety   Know Your World Buildingsonfire.com Other Considerations in Program Planning for Safety Week; Other considerations to support the theme, objectives and initiatives of Safety Week include wide latitude of activities and interactive actions that can achieve the goals for increasing awareness […]

Fire Behavior 101; Taking it to the Streets

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  Fire Behavior Fire Dynamics Fire Dynamics is the study of how chemistry, fire science, material science and the mechanical engineering disciplines of fluid mechanics and heat transfer interact to influence fire behavior. In other words, Fire Dynamics is the study of how fires start, spread and develop. But what exactly is a fire? Defining Fire Fire […]

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