Capt Christopher Naum Christopher J. Naum, SPFE. A 37-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on building construction issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building construction, command management and operational safety. 

He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute in D.C, and is the immediate past Second Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. A Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and where he authors the Buildings on Fire column and the Buildingsonfire blog series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and is a NFFF/EGH Firefighter Safety Advocate.  A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Consultant and technical reviewer to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.


He is actively involved in researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on emerging fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national fire service agenda programs, committees and initiatives that will define the fire and emergency services in training and operations in the years ahead. Chief Naum is the Executive Producer of the informational portal dedicated to building construction, command risk management and firefighter safety.

He continues to present his popular the anatomy of building construction training series throughout the United States and is the Executive Producer of the informational portal dedicated to building construction and firefighter safety.  Buildingsonfire informational insights are also now being posted on Facebook . He is authoring a new text book integrating building construction, risk management and firefighter safety and provides insightful firefighter safety commentary on his CommandSafety website at  and which is dedicated to Company Officer Leadership, Development, Training that can be found at thru two Twitter accounts at Commandsafety and Buildingsonfire . A new site dedicated to the street level commander; is coming in early 2013.

His newest blog web site In addition, you can listen or download radio program podcasts from the growing family of productions; Taking it to the Streets hosted by Christopher Naum on 


Additionally, follow him on the following eMedia sites:

New Monthly radio program; Taking it to the Streets on Fire Fighter

  • The Structural Anatomy of Buildingsonfire, HERE
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  • Firefighter
    • Building Construction & Firefighter Safety Group, HERE
    • Command Safety Group, HERE
    • Ten Minutes in the Street Scenarios, HERE
  • Buildingsonfire on Face book, HERE
  • Twitter
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  • The Kitchen Table, HERE
  • The CommandSafety Group, HERE
  • The New , HERE
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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)

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Lectures,Seminars and Training Programs

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  • The Newest radio show on FireFighter at Blogtalk Radio… Taking it to the Streets with Christopher Naum. On the Air Monthly on Firefighter A Series and Firefighter Production. Advancing Firefighter Safety and Operational Integrity for the Fire Service through provocative insights and dynamic discussions dedicated to the Art and Science of Firefighting and the Traditions of the Fire Service.

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