Tag Archives: Collapse

History Repeating Events: Waldbaum’s Fire FDNY August 2, 1978- SIX LODD

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31th Anniversary of the Waldbaum’s Fire The Waldbaum’s fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames. The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as crews were renovating the store, and quickly escalated to […]

The NEW Lexicon and Challenges

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Engineered Structural Assemblies & Systems (ESS) · THE Predominate Fire Service Challenge….The NEW Lexicon to add to your operational safety vocabulary and incident action plans… · Do you know what they represent and how these components, assemblies and systems may affect or influence incident operations? · Do some research and check these terms out for […]

Buildings Under Construction

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It’s been a busy week for a couple of departments nationally with major fires at buildings under construction. A multiple alarm fire struck a 5 –story Apartment Complex in Renton, Washington that occupies nearly a full city block on Tuesday June 30th, HERE and HERE for details. On Monday June 29th, a spectacular multiple alarm […]

Remembrance Two LODD events and the Lessons Learned

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As we approach the July 4th holiday period, two significant LODD incidents previously occurred during this time frame that hold a number of lessons learned related to command management, operations, building construction principles and building performance, fire behavior and the ever present dangers of the job. Take the opportunity to learn more about these events, […]

Building Construction, Command Risk Management and Firefighter Safety

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Building Construction, Command Risk Management and Firefighter Safety; three functional domains common to the fire service, each having a profound influence and interdependent relationship to fire operations, safety and incident management. When we talk about structural fires, combat fire suppression and interior operations, the discussions tend to revolve around the issues affecting strategy and tactics, […]

There are NO Routine Calls

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Safety Considerations for Buildings of Ordinary and Heavy Timber Construction

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The recent structural collapse of a vacant five story building in the Tribeca section of New York City (lower Manhattan) brings to light the operational and safety issues affecting buildings of Ordinary (Type III) or Heavy Timber (Type IV) classified construction.There are a number of excellent lessons learned from Near Miss Reports found on the […]

Take a Good Look Around-This is Your Town

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As you drive about your response district today, coming back from an alarm, heading to the firehouse tonight or running errands around your community this weekend, take a good look around. Ask your self a simple question; “How well do you know the buildings, structures and occupancies in your response jurisdiction?”Be honest, do you really […]

Wood Frame Collapse

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