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Remembering Hackensack and Gloucester City

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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, […]

Knowledge of Building Construction; Are you Prepared?

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Check out the latest posting at our sister site Commandsafety.com for the latest release of Buildingsonfire.com’s Building Construction Training and Lecture Series for 2010. Recently updated with a series of new seminar and training program topics addressing the emerging training and educational needs of the fire service, these programs provide timely and relevant information and […]

Learning the Lessons from the Past

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June 17th marks the anniversary of two significant fire service incidents that resonate with the values, doctrine and philosophy that define the principles and tradition of the Fire Service.

From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

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From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety; I still find it surprising during my travels around the country lecturing and presenting programs on building construction, that when the audience was asked, “What do the Walbaum’s Fire and Hackensack fire share […]

Are You Prepared to PREVENT a Line of Duty Death?

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Power is the ability to command or apply force. Authority is the right to command and expend resources. A leader is one who can generate effective individual and group action to accomplish agency goals. The fire service is a dynamic profession that is richly steeped in tradition, noble in deeds and calling. We know the […]

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 […]

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, 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 understand […]

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 […]

Shiners, Whiners and Recliners

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     I have heard a lot of analogies over my career about the fire service like “You can peal one fire department name off the wall and replace it with another one and it would be the same” and “it is the same circus but with different clowns”. The more I hear this type of […]

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