Tag Archives: “pre-fire planning”

Report on Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) recently released a report titled, Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), conducted the study, which was sponsored by the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG), to begin to understand the performance of tall wood buildings under credible fire scenarios to ensure the […]

Field Trips

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Building Anatomy If you don’t know how the building was built, its materials, the degree of compartmentation, workmanship, level of fixed or passive systems and layout: then how do you expect to effectively and efficiently engage in a structural fire on the building on fire? Many times phased construction on large scale building projects allows […]

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.

Bridging The Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings Guide

A Fire and Safety Building Guide to Green Construction from the NASFM

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Major Emergency at Townhouses Under construction

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Another Major Emergency fire challenges companies at a townhouse complex underconstruction in LA. Are you trained and prepared to address an alarm assignment at a building or complex under construction? The rules of combat fire engagement are different.

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 # […]

Remembering Hackensack and Gloucester

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As we approach the July 4th holiday period, two significant LODD incidents previously occurred during this time frame

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

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Two firefighters were killed in Chesapeake, Virginia when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire.

Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire; Final NIST Report Issued

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   The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on its study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., that trapped and killed nine firefighters, the highest number of firefighter deaths in a single event since 9/11. The final report was strengthened by clarifications […]

Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

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Firefighters must decide whether to fight the fire from above or below, both of which present many difficulties. In both instances, firefighters have to consider that roofs or ceilings may collapse.

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