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Changes in Building Construction and Fire Behavior

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I had the extreme pleasure of meeting two wonderful firefighters, who I’m proud to call brothers; Lt. John Mitchell of FireDaily.com and Lt. Rhett Fleitz of the Fire Critic.com both of whom produce and host the Firefighter Netcast.  If you’ve been out of touch-Firefighter NetCast offers live netcasts and podcasts for the fire service and […]

Operational Excellence

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Regardless of your rank, or time in grade, the length of time in your organization, the size and structure of your department or your daily demands and challenges; leadership, mentoring, contributing, setting the example, being at your very best individually or collectively as part of a team, a company or a department is essential and […]

Deployment Capabilities, The Company and The Officer

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Deployment  Capabilities Rest Squarely in the Hands of Our Response Companies & Officers Capabilities Training Proficiencies Skills Experience Resources Procedures Organization Degree of Depth Profiles Fortitude Duty Accountability What are your thoughts on the relationships shared between Deployment Capabilities and the responsibilities that rest squarely in the hands of Company Officers? What about crew resource […]

Multi-Family / High Rise Structure Fires

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In multi-story multifamily structures there is a lot more to consider than in single family structures. The population density increases significantly, the size of the structure increases and in high rise operations you have to be concerned with the rapid spread of heat, smoke, toxic gases and fire upward through the structure. The fact that […]

The Rules for Combat Structural Fire Suppression Have Changed: Did anyone Tell You?

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Our buildings have changed; the structural systems of support, the degree of compartmentation, the characteristics of materials and the magnitude of fire loading. The structural anatomy, predictability of building performance under fire conditions, structural integrity and the extreme fire behavior; accelerated growth rate and intensively levels typically encountered in buildings of modern construction during initial […]

CFSI Webinar Series Making the Right Decisions

Upcoming CFSI Webinar: Making the Right Decisions CFSI Webinar Series  Making the Right DecisionsDATE: March 31, 2010 TIME: 2:00 – 2:45PM EST LOCATION: Your personal computer!  FEATURING: Chief Billy Goldfeder RSVP: Email malderfer@cfsi.org by 3/30/2010 Moderated by Congressional Fire Services Institue (CFSI) Executive Director Bill Webb,, the program will feature Chief Billy Goldfeder, nationally respected […]

Company Officers are Instructors and True Leaders

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As we embark deep into the millennium and a new decade, changes are sure to occur. The fire service will surely see many of these changes. The place that we need to make changes initially is within ourselves as officers. We must be prepared to meet these new challenges and a new decade with a […]

Ten Minutes in the Street: Stretchin’ the line on the First-Due Scenario

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Head on over to Firefigher Nation to the Fireground Tactics & Firefighter Safety Forum for a new Ten Minutes in the Street Scenario. We’ve just posted Ten Minutes in the Street: Stretchin’ the line on the First-Due . Join in on the discussions and dialog on strategies, tactics, command, decision-making and firefighter safety. There’s lots to be […]

Sixty Seconds for a Three Sixty

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Leadership and Cultural Safety go hand-in-hand. As does our desire to succeed and progress. There are various perspectives, strategies and of course beliefs and attitudes. Aligning them certainly is the challenge for today’s command and company officer.  My good friend Brian O’Malley a motivational speaker, provided a three-sixty (360) review to a recent strategic alignment meeting […]

Buildingsonfire Reaches Milestone

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Buildingsonfire on Face Book reaches 3,000 fan milestone, are you one? Sign up and follow Buildingsonfire on Facebook today Remember, Building Knowledge=Firefighter Safety

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