Tag Archives: Safety

Risk versus Close Call, What are We Doing?

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Here’s one for timing. My recent post today on risk related to vacant or unoccupied structures…. Check out the series of photos for a close call incident involving a trailer fire, HERE. Photo sequence by Patrick Scott. Again, the question before us; Why the risk, What’s the value, Who is looking out for our safety?Are […]

What’s in The Cards Today?

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On any given day, we expect some fairly simple and basic things; Simple and basic from a firefighter’s perspective that is. We hope that we have a busy day, for the most part. That the alarms and incidents allow us to practice our skills and do what we do best. Deep down inside, we also […]

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 […]

Vacant or Unoccupied: Tactical Risk and Safety

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We seem to do a lot of things at times out of common practice and repetition, you know; “We’ve always done it that way….” syndrome. There’s a resonating theme that is making its way around the fire service dealing with going to a defensive tactical posture at vacant or unoccupied structure fires. This command posture […]

First-Due, Second-Due; Do Not Pass Go, Proceed Directly to Jail

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Last week a horrific accident involving two responding fire apparatus collided in an intersection resulting in serious personal injuries to eleven people, nine of which were firefighters. The resulting collision caused significant property damage to the six month old aerial ladder and the year old engine. The preliminary investigation of the crash indicated that the […]

Running Against the Wind

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It seems like yesterday..But it was long ago. Against the wind, We were running against the wind. We were young and strong, we were runningAgainst the wind..And the years rolled slowly past. And I found myself alone.. Surrounded bv strangers I thought were my friends, I found myself further and further from my home.. And […]

Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions – Free Online Course from UL

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Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions – Free Online CourseThis two-hour presentation summarizes a research study on the hazards posed to firefighters by the use of lightweight construction and engineered lumber in floor and roof designs. This presentation will allow fire professionals to better interpret fire hazards and assess risk for life safety […]

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 […]

2008 Firefighter Near Miss Annual Report Issued

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The 2008 Near-Miss Annual Report was recently issued and is available on the NMR Webs site HERE. The report was also included in the February issue of FireRescue magazine.If you would like more copies of the 2008 Near-Miss Annual Report please e-mail Amanda McHenry at amchenry@iafc.org with your contact name, address and amount needed. To […]

Houston FD Mayday Operations & RIT

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In case some of you missed the excellent video that depicts the operations of the Houston FD at a Four Alarm Fire in an office building on March 28, 2007 HERES some information. The fire resulted in three civilian fatalities with three firefigher injuries. There was a significant mayday and RIT operation that evolved during […]

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