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NIST Advanced Fire Service Technologies Program

NIST Advanced Fire Service Technologies Program

Summary: This program focuses on improving the safety and effectiveness of fire fighters by enabling the effective use of existing and new technologies and tactics.  Increasing the safety and effectiveness is critical to reducing fire fighter fatalities and injuries, as well as the cost of fire service.  For existing and emerging technologies, performance must be […]

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week 2011, Day Six; From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack-Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week 2011, Day Six; From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack-Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

For those of you that follow or have attended one of my many seminar and lecture program offerings, one program seems very pertinent in both context and content on this, the Sixth Day of Fire/EMS Safety Week 2011 that resonates around the theme and focus of Surviving the Fire Ground – Fire Fighter, Fire Officer […]

The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service

The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service

Captain Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department, provided a stellar key presention during the FDIC 2011General Session on “The Challenges We Face: Issues Confronting Today’s Fire Service” about the whole FDIC “experience.” We have put too little attention on basic engine company operations!” This was perhaps the message that most resonated from Captain Bill […]

Firefighter Mark G. Falkenhan, Lutherville VFC, Baltimore County, Maryland LODD

Firefighter Mark G. Falkenhan, Lutherville VFC, Baltimore County, Maryland LODD

Fire Community Mourns Loss of Firefighter Who Died In Four-Alarm Blaze Towson, Md. (January 20, 2011) — The Baltimore County fire community today mourns the loss of Mark G. Falkenhan, the Lutherville volunteer firefighter who died in last night’s four-alarm blaze at a Hillendale apartment complex.   In addition to his affiliation with Lutherville VFC, Falkenhan, […]

The Mega Cities and Seven Billion Inhabitants

The Mega Cities and Seven Billion Inhabitants

  National Geographic Magazine is running a special series on population. By the end of this year there will be 7 billion inhabitants. Sometime in late 2011, according to the UN Population Division, there will be seven billion of us.  And the explosion, though it is slowing, is far from over. Not only are people living […]

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 […]

Why we do what we do, for the love of the Job....

Why we do what we do, for the love of the Job….

Future Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff stands with his dad, Thomas Hoff, during an inspection at Soldier Field in 1960. Thomas Hoff died in the line of duty in a building collapse two years later. (Chicago Tribune / December 22, 2010) A fire commissioner’s words on tragedy, tempered by his family history. 2 firefighters killed […]

Statistical Reports: Fire Departments

Statistical Reports: Fire Departments

Topical Fire Report Series The National Fire Data Center’s Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and relevance of the specific fire or fire-related problem, […]

Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems

Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems

Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems is a very useful manual that was developed and published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor for the purpose to increase the safety […]

Taking it to the Streets: Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror

Taking it to the Streets: Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror

Taking it to the Streets: Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror On Your Street, In Your City, Across the Country, Around the WorldTM  Join us on Wednesday night December 15th at 9:00 pm EST for an insightful look back at 2010 and forward into 2011 and beyond with a stellar line-up of fire service […]

Welcome to Buildingsonfire.com

Welcome to Buildingsonfire.com

  Executive Producer Christopher Naum Welcome to Buildingsonfire.com.   The authoritative and informational site that provides leading insights on fire service issues related to Building Construction for the Fire Service, Emerging Firefighting Operations Theory and Command Risk Management for Operational Excellence and Firefighter Safety.   If you don’t fully understand how a building truly performs or reacts under […]