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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, […]

Residential Pre-Arrival: What are your Considerations?

Residential Pre-Arrival: What are your Considerations?

  A video clip of a structure fire occurring in a single family residential occupancy shows, in the first few frames a back draft occurring per-arrival of fire services. It’s apparent there is a developing and progressing fire in the Charlie division which may have originated in the, or vicinity of the detached garage (B-C) […]

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), […]

Buildingsonfire.com Video Promo for 2012

Buildingsonfire.com Video Promo for 2012

Check out our training lectures and seminars offerings for 2012 HERE Download the NEW 2012 Buildingsonfire PDF  Listing:  2012 Buildingsonfire.com Training Brochure Building Construction and Systems Training for Commanders, Company Officers and Firefighers

Training for the Evolving Fireground

Training for the Evolving Fireground

Check out the new promo video for 2012 from Buildingsonfire.com Buildingsonfire.com and the Command Institute’s 2012 Training Curriculums and Offerings Building Construction and Systems Training for Commanders, Company Officers and Firefighters Building Construction for the Company and Command Officer The Rules of Combat Fire Engagement & Tactical Operations Reading the Building: Predictive Occupancy Profiling Reading […]

Building Construction Training for Fire Service Commanders, Company Officers and Firefighters

Building Construction Training for Fire Service Commanders, Company Officers and Firefighters

We’ve got an advance look at some of the new training and lecture offerings coming out this fall and for 2012 that will be offered commencing in October for the Buildingsonfire Series produced and offered by the Command Institute and Buildingsonfire.com. Buildingsonfire -2012 Building Construction and Systems Training for Fire Service Commanders, Company Officers and […]

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 […]

Engineered Floor I-Joists and Firefigher Safety: Basic Insights

Engineered Floor I-Joists and Firefigher Safety: Basic Insights

The following videos provide some Basic insights on Engineered Floor I-Joists and Firefigher Safety. The first two video reports are a few years old, but provide some good visual and narrative insights into the current building construction trends, operational limitations and fireground tactical safety considerations. Take the time to review these video clips and gain […]

Truss and Engineered Systems Placards

Truss and Engineered Systems Placards

The Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act of 2008 became law on December 13, 2009 after unanimously passing the Florida House and Senate in 2008. The new law is named in honor of two Orange County, Florida Firefighters, Todd Aldridge and Mark Benge, who died in 1989 after the roof of a gift shop collapsed; the bill […]

Wind Driven Fires

Wind Driven Fires

  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 […]

Underwriters Laboratories  Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions

Underwriters Laboratories Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions

  Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions Under a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighter Grant, Underwriters Laboratories in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department, Michigan State University, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs completed a fire research study to enhance […]

Twenty Eleven; Transitioning into Tomorrow

Twenty Eleven; Transitioning into Tomorrow

As we transition into a new year, and as plans begin to take place that frame and outline the year’s activities, foremost in this planning, preparation, scheduling and outlook should be those activities and commitments that training, education and skill development can be implemented and enhanced. Take the initiative to recognize and identify training and […]

What’s On Your Radar Screen?

What’s On Your Radar Screen?

BuildingsonFire 2010; Building Construction, Command Risk Management and Operational Safety   Major Influencing Fire Service Reports, Issues or Focus that should be on Your Radar Screen The following list is but a modest cross section of pertinent information or focus areas today’s Firefighter, Company or Command Officer MUST be knowledgeable in, have insights and proficiency […]