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Vacant Residential Building Fires Report

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report examining the characteristics of fires in vacant residential buildings. The report, Vacant Residential Building Fires, was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is further evidence of FEMA’s commitment to sharing information with fire departments and first responders around […]

Risk versus Gain: Operations in Vacant or Abandoned Structures

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Risk versus Gain: Operations in Vacant or Abandoned Structures Fire Fighter LODD after Being Trapped in a Roof Collapse During Overhaul of a Vacant/Abandoned Building. NIOSH recently published a report on a 2008 LODD that occurred in a vacant/ abandoned building. NIOSH Report F2008-0037. The full report is available HERE. Let’s look at some insights […]

Remembering the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire 12.03.99

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    December 3, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that resulted in the line of duty death of six courages brother firefighters. The Worcester Six; Firefighter Paul Brotherton Rescue 1 Firefighter Jeremiah Lucey Rescue 1 Lieutenant Thomas Spencer Ladder 2 Firefighter Timothy Jackson Ladder 2 Firefighter James Lyons […]

Is it Still Business as Usual?

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We’ve taked about a few things recently such as looking at the big picture related to buildings and occupancies and the functional parameters dealing with size-up and risk assessment. Then there’s the dialog and discussion on the Predictability of Performance related to buildings and occupancies. Back in July I talked about a number of operational […]