The 1942 Luongo’s Restaurant Fire and Collapse in East Boston; Six Boston Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths

The 1942 Luongo’s Restaurant Fire and Collapse in East Boston; Six Boston Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths   A multiple alarm fire and collapse 70 years ago resulting in six Boston Firefighter LODDs was overshadowed by the Coconut Grove Fire which occurred 13 days later. Here’ the story and legacy. The 1942 Luongo’s Restaurant Fire […]

Buildingsonfire 2013 Training Programs for Today’s Evolving Fireground Series

Buildingsonfire 2013 Training Programs for Today’s Evolving Fireground Series PROGRAM OFFERINGS       The Command Institute announces the 2013 Buildingsonfire training, seminar and lecture series. These program offerings and deliveries are part of the Buildingsonfire.com Series of Training Programs designed and developed to support the continuing professional and operational development of the American Fire […]

Near-Miss, with RIT Deployment at Structural Collapse: Canada

A rapid and fast moving early morning fire in downtown Trenton, Ontario Canada resulted in the subsequent collapse of a three story mixed use commerical and apartment occupancy structure. Published media reports indicated the building was over 130 years of age and was in operation as an adult entertainment establishment on the lower level with […]

Examining Firefighting Tactics under Wind Driven Conditions

Smoke and heat spreading through the corridors and the stairs of a building during a fire can limit building occupants’ ability to escape and can limit firefighters’ ability to rescue them. Changes in the building’s ventilation or presence of an external wind can increase the energy release of the fire. This can also increase the […]

Nothing is Ever Routine: Residential Fire-Chicago LODD

    Nothing is ever routine;…… pause to reflect and remember the demands of the job and the inherent risks and the sacrifices made each and every day in this noble profession of the fire service. Another beloved brother firefighter’s sacrifice, protecting the citizens of his great city. Chicago Captain Herbert Johnson, 54, suffered second- […]

Engineering Ground Zero

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presented  an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial […]

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  • Four Alarm Fire Apartment Complex Under Construction (NJ)

    Four Alarm Fire Apartment Complex Under Construction (NJ)

    A massive fire ripped through a condominium complex under construction in Rahway N.J., early Tuesday. The four-alarm fire started around 1:30 a.m. at the vacant multi-story building along Route 27. Rahway Fire Chief Bill Young said five area engine companies were called to help combat the surging flames. Given the intensity of the fire, the […]

  • Why We Search:Chicago, Two Fires With Rescues

    Why We Search:Chicago, Two Fires With Rescues

    Squatters rescued from one fire, tenants from a second. From Bill Carey’s Backstepfirefighter.com web site January 2, 2011, a must read and link to…. On Friday, 31 December, Chicago firefighters rescued two squatters during the still-and-box alarm at 4322 West Jackson Boulevard. Firefighters found the two on the second floor of the vacant building and […]

  • A Breed Apart

    A Breed Apart

    Firefighters line Western Avenue on Tuesday after the funeral of Edward Stringer. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / December 29, 2010) Originally Posted by Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune December 29, 2010 Whatever the date on the birth certificate, in psychological years a firefighter never gets beyond adolescence. Like Edward Stringer, who was buried Tuesday, and […]

  • 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

    16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

    Recognizing the need to do more to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has launched a national initiative to bring prevention to the forefront. In March 2004, the Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held in Tampa, Florida to address the need for change within the fire and emergency services. Through this […]

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  • Near-Miss, with RIT Deployment at Structural Collapse: Canada

    Near-Miss, with RIT Deployment at Structural Collapse: Canada

    A rapid and fast moving early morning fire in downtown Trenton, Ontario Canada resulted in the subsequent collapse of a three story mixed use commerical and apartment occupancy structure. Published media reports indicated the building was over 130 years of age and was in operation as an adult entertainment establishment on the lower level with […]

  • Nothing is Ever Routine: Residential Fire-Chicago LODD

    Nothing is Ever Routine: Residential Fire-Chicago LODD

        Nothing is ever routine;…… pause to reflect and remember the demands of the job and the inherent risks and the sacrifices made each and every day in this noble profession of the fire service. Another beloved brother firefighter’s sacrifice, protecting the citizens of his great city. Chicago Captain Herbert Johnson, 54, suffered second- […]

  • Baltimore County (MD) Firefighter Falkenhan Line of Duty Death Report Issued

    Baltimore County (MD) Firefighter Falkenhan Line of Duty Death Report Issued

    Mark Gray Falkenhan had dedicated his life to serving others. He perished in the line of duty on January 19, 2011 while performing search and rescue operations at a multi-alarm apartment fire in Hillendale, Baltimore County (Maryland). He was 43 years old.   On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, a fire occurred in an apartment building […]

  • Fires Below the Residential First Floor

    Fires Below the Residential First Floor

    Fires Below the Residential First Floor  FireEngineering.com 03/01/2012 Direc t Link for Full Article HERE BY DANNY STRATTON A fire originating below the first floor of a residential structure is very vulnerable. It is important that fire control measures are executed to stop the extension of combustion, which can overtake occupants and the structure more […]

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  • Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation

    Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation

    Foam Sheathing Makers Gain Major Success at ICC Code Hearing By Approval of Proposal Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation The Foam Sheathing Committee (FSC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), through an industry effort, achieved an important change in gaining broad acceptance of a performance-based standard for the use of foam insulation products in all code […]

  • Simply SIPs

    Simply SIPs

    On the surface, a structural insulated panel (SIP) looks quite humble, resembling little more than an oversized ice cream sandwich. However, the engineered building product—which comprises little more than an insulating foam core adhered to two structural facers—can be the key for any architect looking to build a high-performance project on a tight schedule. And, […]

  • Mass Timber and Wood Framing

    Mass Timber and Wood Framing

    Mass Timber and Wood Framing New and traditional approaches reduce cost and meet code for mid-rise construction Article From: Aritectural Record Continuing Education Center HERE  (All rights reserved) Mid-rise construction is becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting densification, containing urban sprawl, and respecting infrastructure limits while maintaining neighborhood charm and community appeal. Multi-family construction […]

  • Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights

    Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights

    Multi-Story Wood Construction Article From: Aritectural Record Continuing Education Center HERE  (All rights reserved) Fire Officers and Commanders need to have new insights into the emerging technologies and construction techniques allowed by the model building codes. This becomes increasingly important in the urban setting due to construction density considerations and ecomomics. Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights and […]

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