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The Same Mistakes: Newspaper Reports Common Issues Affecting Fire Operations

The Same Mistakes: Newspaper Reports Common Issues Affecting Fire Operations

Four years after nine firefighters died battling Sofa Super Store fire, a report details an eerily similar set of breakdowns in a March blaze. Firefighters rush into a burning commercial building with too-small hoses and insufficient water. The commander can’t reach them because the captain forgot his radio. Backup crews aren’t sure where to go […]

Great Buildings Listings and Links

Great Buildings Listings and Links

More than 1000 great buildings from around the world and across history are listed below and illustrated on this web site and the Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM, with photographic images, architectural drawings, discussion, bibliography, architect info, and live 3D walkthrough computer models.H O M E   —   B U I L D I […]

Great Buildings Collection Link

Great Buildings Collection Link

Great Buildings Collection Link Welcome to GreatBuildings, presenting 1000 classics of world architecture, and hundreds of their great designers, in the leading general architecture reference site online.  Direct Link: http://www.greatbuildings.com/ T     H     E       A     R     C     H     I     […]

High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year

High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year

High Rise Fire Operations High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reporting that in 2005-2009, there were an average of 15,700 reported structure fires in high-rise buildings per year with an associated $235 million in direct property damage. The report, “High-Rise Building Fires,” (PDF, 499 KB) cites […]

New Sensor System Tracks Firefighters Where GPS Fails

New Sensor System Tracks Firefighters Where GPS Fails

New Sensor System Tracks Firefighters Where GPS Fails Portable device locates missing firefighters–saves time and maybe lives Firefighter Ray Hodgson hits the talk button on his walkie-talkie: “I have fire showing, possibility of a rescue on the third floor. Engine 35, initiate a rescue group. Also back him up with a hose line.” A fire […]

USFA Releases 2010 Fire Estimate Summary Series

USFA Releases 2010 Fire Estimate Summary Series

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued the 2010 Fire Estimate Summary Series which presents basic information on the size and status of the fire problem in the United States as depicted through data collected in USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The data summary series was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is […]

Remembrance: Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire and the Worcester Six

Remembrance: Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire and the Worcester Six

Today December 3, 2011 marks the 12th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that resulted in the line of duty death of six courages brother firefighters.    For those of you who remember this event, take the time to reflect and honor the sacrifice made this day; to those of you who have not […]

Bridging The Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings Guide

Bridging The Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings Guide

Bridging The Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings Guide A Fire and Safety Building Guide to Green Construction The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) released its fire and building safety guide to green construction called “Bridging the Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings.” This guide identifies some of the key areas where rapidly […]

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Major Emergency at Townhouses Under construction

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Major Emergency at Townhouses Under construction

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Major Alarm at Townhouses Under Construction Under-construction building fire forces dozens of evacuations     A townhouse complex under construction caught fire on November 10, 2011, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles (CA). The six-unit, wood-framed complex was in its construction phase, where at least two of the units were fully involved […]

FDNY: Building Collapse Claims Life Of 1 Of 5 Workers Rescued

FDNY: Building Collapse Claims Life Of 1 Of 5 Workers Rescued

A five-story building under construction suddenly came down on Monday afternoon in Brooklyn, New York. Three workers became trapped under the rubble after the top two floors fell onto the third, sending it all crashing to the ground, officials said. Published reports indicate that the likelihood of the weight of the concrete caused the 3rd […]

Fire Modeling Software from NIST

Fire Modeling Software from NIST

  Fire Modeling Software These fire simulation programs were developed or sponsored by the Fire Research Division at the NIST. The list of programs is divided into two broad categories below: currently-supported software and archival (unsupported) software. In order to get further information or to obtain one of the programs, click on the appropriate name.   […]

Three Alarm Fire: Apartment Complex under Construction ignites

Three Alarm Fire: Apartment Complex under Construction ignites

A three-story apartment building that was under construction caught fire on October 27, 2011 in the early evening in Carson, California (LA County). The rapidly advancing fire quickly ran through an apartment building under construction and spread to a nearby mobile home park damaging at least 10 homes and forcing evacuations, according to published reports. There were […]

Wind Driven Mansion Fire

Wind Driven Mansion Fire

A million dollar Baltimore County, Maryland  home was destroyed Sunday December 13, 2009  by a fire that tore through the 4,700-square-foot structure with such intensity that firefighters were forced to battle the flames from the exterior. Shortly after 21:00 hours, Baltimore County Fire Dispatch alerted crews for Fire Box 50-2 at 12607 Nancy Lee Court in […]

Engineered Structural Systems- Hazards

Engineered Structural Systems- Hazards

CNN recently presented an informative piece on the continuing trends in the design and use of engineered structural systems (ESS) . CNN correspondant Gerri Willis provides an informative and  insightful look at something the fire service knows all too well.  Here’s some additional information for you; According to the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA), […]

Required Reading: Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

Required Reading: Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

Another must read for all Company and Command Officers: Impact of ventilation on fire behavior in legacy and contemporary residential construction, by Steve Kerber (2011) UL Report. Take some time to increase your proficiencies and compentencies. Executive Summary Under the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to FirefighterGrant Program, Underwriters Laboratories examined fire […]