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Anatomy of a Collapse: Houston Southwest Inn

Anatomy of a Collapse: Houston Southwest Inn

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 […]

Remembering Hackensack and Gloucester

Remembering Hackensack and Gloucester

As we approach the July 4th holiday period, two significant LODD incidents previously occurred during this time frame that hold a number of lessons learned related to command management, operations, building construction principles and building performance, fire behavior and the ever present dangers of the job. Take the opportunity to learn more about these events, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire; Final NIST Report Issued

Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire; Final NIST Report Issued

  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on its study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., that trapped and killed nine firefighters, the highest number of firefighter deaths in a single event since 9/11. The final report was strengthened by […]

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, […]

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 […]

Victim Survivability Profiling and Getting the Job Done

Victim Survivability Profiling and Getting the Job Done

Seattle Ladder 8 Capt. Dana Caldart, Firefighter Josh Materi and others recount rescue of seven from roof of a well-involved dwelling. Victim Survivability Profiling Takes A Hit originally posted by Bill Carey January 6, 2011 on Backstepfirefighter.com Several Seattle firefighters returned to the scene of an earlier house fire with multiple rescues. In an informal critique, if you […]

NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements

NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements

Major factors contributing to a rapid spread of fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., on June 18, 2007, included large open spaces with furniture providing high fuel loads, the inward rush of air following the breaking of windows and a lack of sprinklers, according to a draft report released for public comment […]

Vacant Residential Building Fires Report

Vacant Residential Building Fires Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report examining the characteristics of fires in vacant residential buildings. The report, Vacant Residential Building Fires, was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is further evidence of FEMA’s commitment to sharing information with fire departments and first responders around […]

The City of Charleston Sofa Super Store LODD-Routley Fire Reports

The City of Charleston Sofa Super Store LODD-Routley Fire Reports

Read the report; understand the incident, the building performance, the fire behavior and the operation process deployed. Gain the insights from the overall apparent and contributing causes identified and presented and assess how these relate to your fire service perspective and department’s culture and performance today. City of Charleston Post Incident Assessment and Review Team […]