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Computer-Based Fire Fighter Training Project

Computer-Based Fire Fighter Training Project

Computer-Based Fire Fighter Training Project Through this project, the Fire Research Division at NIST is developing a computer based fire fighting training tool to improve training opportunities while lowering the cost and risk of death and injury. Two methods are being used to create a training tool. The first and simpler method is to use FDS and Smokeview to create animations of fire scenarios. […]

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 […]

Hal Bruno: The best friend a firefighter and the fire service could have

Hal Bruno: The best friend a firefighter and the fire service could have

  “Hal Bruno is one of the most important figures in the history of this country’s fire service. Hal died last night (November 8, 2011) at age 83. I imagine that many of the younger firefighters and a few older ones who read this site aren’t familiar with the name Hal Bruno. Hal wasn’t a […]

Size-Up: Report of the Week (ROTW)

Size-Up: Report of the Week (ROTW)

  Size-Up and Risk Assessment Skills: How are yours?   In this week’s issue of the National Fire Fighter’s Near-Miss Reporting System’s Report of the Week (ROTW) an informative focus was provided on near-miss reports related to Size-Up. We’re posting the ROTW alert in it’s entirety below. Go over to the National Fire Fighter’s Near-Miss […]

NFPA releases state-level fire service needs assessment for every U.S. state

NFPA releases state-level fire service needs assessment for every U.S. state

  NFPA releases state-level fire service needs assessment for every U.S. state.  Findings based on Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service with comparisons to earlier studies The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a fire service needs assessment for each state based on findings from the Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire […]

Fire Death Rate Trends: An International Perspective

Fire Death Rate Trends: An International Perspective

Fire Death Rate Trends: An International Perspective The United States still has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world, but our standing has greatly improved. Falling from among the top three nations in terms of the fire death rate two decades ago, the United States now has the tenth highest fire […]

Texas Captain; 2010 LODD Report Issued with Lessons Learned

Texas Captain; 2010 LODD Report Issued with Lessons Learned

Captain Araguz, a 30 year old, 11-year veteran of the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department made Captain in 2009. He lost his life while battling a multiple alarm fire a the Maxim Egg Farm located at 3307 FM 442, Boling, Texas on July 3, 2010. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office issued the Fire Fighter Fatality […]

New York City to Crack Down on Illegally Divided Apartments

New York City to Crack Down on Illegally Divided Apartments

Mayor Bloomberg, Council Speaker Quinn unveil reforms to overhaul illegal apartment ‘firetraps’ BY Greg B. Smith DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Form June 7, 2011, http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/06/07/2011-06-07_mayor_bloomberg_council_speaker_quinn_unveil_reforms_to_overhaul_illegal_apartme.html Marc Hermann for News City officials were out in force to discuss an overhaul in how the city combats “firetrap” apartments. Less than six weeks after five people died in […]

Albuquerque Fire Department; Learnings from Close Call Collapse and Fire Fighter Injuries

Albuquerque Fire Department; Learnings from Close Call Collapse and Fire Fighter Injuries

The Albuquerque Fire Department seeks to improve operations from past performance Four firefighters with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department were injured during operations at a three-alarm fire that injured raged through the Royal Crown Apartment Complex in southeast Albuquerque on Friday February 4, 2011. The injured firefighters were among four who fell through the floor […]

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

While the number of structural fires in the United States continues to decline, firefighter line of duty deaths (LODD) do not exhibit the same rate of proportion decline. A review of both NFPA and USFA Firefighter LODD annual reports, statistics and retrospective studies and analysis suggest a noted change in the adverse trends noted for […]

Double Mayday Deployments at Three Alarm FDNY Fire

Double Mayday Deployments at Three Alarm FDNY Fire

2 Firefighters Escape Close Call in Belle Harbor: MyFoxNY.com Published reports from various NYC eMedia outlets indicated that two FDNY firefighters battling a three-alarm fire on Saturday April 9th in the Rockaways section of the Borough of Queens (NY) transmitted Maydays signals during fire suppression operations after a fire officer was partially trapped in a […]

Eleven Minutes to Mayday; What You Need to Know

Eleven Minutes to Mayday; What You Need to Know

The Colerain Township (OH) Fire and EMS Department under the leadership of Director and Chief G. Bruce Smith released its final report Investigation Analysis of the Squirrels nest Lane Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths related to the April 4, 2008 Double Line of Duty Death of a Captain and Firefighter in April 2010 coinciding with […]

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

OVERVIEW Fifteen years ago, on March 18, 1996, two firefighters were killed in Chesapeake, Virginia when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire in an auto parts store and a pre-engineered wood truss roof assembly collapsed on them. The cause of the fire was an electrical short created when a power company truck working […]

Survivability Profiling: How Long Can Victims Survive in a Fire?

Survivability Profiling: How Long Can Victims Survive in a Fire?

 Survivability Profiling: How Long Can Victims Survive in a Fire?   BY STEPHEN MARSAR FireEngineering.com  July 1, 2010 In 2007, the United States suffered 118 firefighter line-of-duty-deaths (LODDs), 47 of which occurred in structure fires; two civilians were killed in those same fires. In 2008, there were 114 LODDs; 31 occurred in structural fires; three […]

Preplanning New Construction

Preplanning New Construction

Preplanning New Construction  From Fire Engineering.com February 1, 2011   BY DOUGLAS J. MITCHELL JR. AND DANIEL D. SHAW The recent dip in our economy has slowed down many new construction projects, but “Johnny Appleseed” continues to build residential homes. Who is the “Johnny Appleseed” Construction Company? Well, it operates in almost every town, city, […]