Category Archives: size-up

Operational Excellence

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“Operational Excellence is achieved through Tactical Discipline, Tactical Patience and Knowledge of our Buildingsonfire” Understanding the Compartment in various types of occupancies and variation of building types lends itself towards the identification and selection of appropriate tactics with corresponding capabilities in the form of sustainable water flow for the expected fire load package. Understanding the […]

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

Large Warehouse Fire: Gastonia, NC

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A large warehouse fire in a 211,000 SF complex resulted from from a transformer explosion this morning at the Wix Distribution Center in Gastonia, NC.  The building complex was a former textile mill and was built in 1917. Published report indicate that more than 60 firefighters operated at the scene to control the fire. It was reported that  Fire Chief Phillip Welch stated […]

Colerain and Eleven Minutes to Mayday: Lessons from 2008 Resonate Today

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Eleven Minutes to Mayday: Lessons from 2008 Resonate Today

A Delicate Balance

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    Light Weight construction has given way to Engineered Structural Systems (ESS) which in today’s evolving fireground, have an even more extensive array of performance, operational and integrity issues that affect a building’s performance under fire conditions.To unequivocally state that nothing has changed in buildings, occupancies, fire flow delivery rates and demands for increased […]

Smart and Intelligent Firefighting

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It’s not about NOT fighting fires, but rather fighting fires smarter.

Building Construction for Today’s Fire Service

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Here’s the starting line-up of the New 2013 Buildingsonfire Training Programs and Seminars

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.

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

Tabletop Training for the Weekend “Rubbish Fire”

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This special weekend edition of Ten Minutes in the Street TM is being offered on CommandSafety.com and is taking advantage of a training video produced by the LAFD in 2009 that involved a basis initial dispatch to a report of a rubbish fire that escalates into two structure fires and resulted in multiple alarm operations. Challenge your personnel and discuss and tabletop the incident scenario based on your operational and orgnizational profile and resources.

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The New Safety Formula: Bk = F2S

Without understanding the building-occupancy relationships and integrating; construction, occupancies, fire dynamics and fire behavior, risk, analysis, the art and science of firefighting, safety conscious work environment concepts and effective and well-informed incident command management, company level supervision and task level competencies…You are derelict and negligent and "not "everyone may be going home". Our current generation of buildings, construction and occupancies are not as predictable as past conventional construction; risk assessment, strategies and tactics must change to address these new rules of structural fire engagement. There is a need to gain the building construction knowledge and insights and to change and adjust operating profiles in order to safe guard companies, personnel and team compositions. It's all about understanding the building-occupancy relationships and the art and science of firefighting, Building Knowledge = Firefighter Safety (Bk=F2S)

Addressing Today’s Evolving Fireground

Lectures,Seminars and Training Programs

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