The Buildingsonfire Symposium on Building Construction and Fireground Operations

The Buildingsonfire Symposium on Building Construction and Fireground Operations

An Online Live Webinar Symposium for Today’s Demanding Fireground

February 19-20-21, 2021

NEW DATES, Updated Registration and FD Group Rates

Lectures | Research | Conversation | Learnings | National Faculty

An Online Symposium, spanning Two plus Days Dedicated entirely to Building Construction and Operational Issues for Today’s Demanding Fireground. The Symposium will be hosted and facilitated by fire service veteran Christopher Naum, a highly regarded national and international instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, with a notable faculty cadre of highly respected national fire service commanders, officers, instructors, professional fire protection engineers, educators and industry advocates presenting leading edge insights and perspectives addressing some of the most important functional areas on the Fireground; Understanding the Building, The Fire and Company Engagement.

Registration is Open;

Symposium Agenda                   February 19-20-21, 2021

Friday                 Feb. 19                 Pre-conference Panel Discussions 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

Saturday           Feb. 20                 Symposium Convenes  8:00 am

                                                                Morning Sessions        8:00 am – 12:00 noon

                                                                Lunch Break                 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

                                                                Afternoon Sessions     1:00 pm – 5:15 pm

                                                                Dinner Break                5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

                                                                Evening Panel Session 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

                                                                Virtual Kitchen Table   9:05 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday               Feb. 21                 Opening Remarks          8:00 am

                                                                Morning Sessions          8:00 am – 12:00 noon

                                                                Lunch Break                   12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

                                                                Afternoon Sessions       1:00 pm – 5:15 pm

                                                                Symposium Concludes 5:30 pm

A preview of the Session Topics

  • Round Table Panel Discussion
    • Impact of Construction Trends: Brownstones to High Rise
    • The Small Foot Print Commercial Retail Occupancy Risks
    • Mega Mansions and Large Scale Residentials; The Atypical Residential Fire
    • Pop-Ups and Rowhouse, Row Frames- Old School Challenges for Today
    • The “New” Main Street: Buildings and OPS
  • Buildings on Fire: Predictability of Performance
  • When Buildings Change the Rules of the Game
  • Buildings; The Firefighters Battle Space
  • Reading the Smoke: Next Generation
  • Reading the Compartment and Fire
  • Reading the Building: FACTS
  • Insights on Basement Fires
  • Insights on Codes for Mass Timber Construction
  • Panel Presentation: Cased Studies of Complex Fires at Podium Occupancies
    • Poag Street Complex-Under Construction Fire – Fairfax, VA 02.08.20 (TBD)
  • The Virtual Kitchen Table (online Social)
  • Trends in Engineered Light Weight Construction: RES and MO
  • The New Type III Main Street- Renovations and Re-utilization
  • Sustainable and Fire Resilient (SAFR) Buildings
  • Building Knowledge: Company Preparedness and Engagement on Construction Sites
  • The North Colorado Street Fire Report (Philadelphia FD, PA): Insights and Lessons
  • Fire Protection Challenges in Small foot-print Commercial Buildings
  • Hazards of Converted Residences: Single to Multiple Occupancy
  • Insights on Concealed Space Fires in Buildings
  • Building Construction Round Table
    • Construction Trends and Old School Firefighting Methodologies
    • The Impact of Mass Timber & CLT Construction
    • Influence of R&D on Future Fire Operations
    • Challenges of Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings

(Program and Topics subject to Change and Finalization)

The Final Full Schedule, Agenda and Program Sessions will be posted later in Early February prior to the Symposium.

Virtual Kitchen Table (Social)

Join us later in the evening Saturday night after the evening panel session for a Virtual Kitchen Table, with some of the Faculty for Q&A, talk and dialog just like TKT at our firehouse. SAT Feb 20 9:05 pm – 10:00 pm


  • Deputy Chief Vinny Dunn, FDNY (ret)
  • Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo, North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue (ret)
  • Deputy Chief Vince Mulray, Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department
  • Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE, Command Institute (NY); NYPA, MCFD (ret). Symposium Executive Director, Host and Facilitator 
  • Deputy Chief Phillip Jose, Seattle Fire Department (ret)
  • Fire Marshal Paul T. Dansbach, Fire Marshal, Past Fire Chief, Rutherford (NJ) Fire Department
  • Chief Douglas K. Cline, Horry County (SC) Fire and Rescue Department
  • Battalion Chief Danny Sheridan, FDNY
  • Brian Meacham, Ph.D., P.E., CEng, EUR ING, FIFireE, FSPFPE, Past Pres. SFPE, Principal Meacham Assoc. (MA)
  • Daniel Madrzykowski, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI)
  • Captain-Paramedic Mike Lopina, Lockport Township (IL) Fire Protection District (ret)
  • Battalion Chief Tony Carroll, District of Columbia (DC) Fire and EMS Department, Director ISFSI
  • Chief Greg Jakubowski, P.E., FSFPE, CSP, Lingohocken Fire Company (Bucks County, PA) Principal, Fire Planning Associates (PA)
  • Battalion Chief Andy Starnes, Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief Brian Bastinelli, Harrisburg (PA) Bureau of Fire
  • Battalion Chief Lane Woolery, San Diego (CA) Fire and Rescue Department
  • District Chief Emmett “Pat” Nichols, Boston (MA) Fire Department (tentative) Instructor Bud Henkels, Montgomery County (PA) Fire Academy (former Firefighter)
  • Captain John Ceriello, FDNY,  UL FSRI Advisory Board (tentative) 
  • Chief John Schultz, Framingham (MA) Fire Department
  • Mr. Raymond “Ray” O’Brocki, ESQ, CBO, Manager- Fire Service Relations at American Wood Council American Wood Council; Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department (ret)

Join us

Join us for an Extraordinary Experience in these challenging times, with the most comprehensive and timely topics Dedicated entirely to Building Construction and Operational Issues for Today’s Demanding Fireground, A cadre of highly respected national fire service leaders with insights gleaned from years of experience in the streets, the training ground, the research area and academia.

“Building Construction; As Fundamental to Structural Firefighting, as Water is to Fire Suppression” C.J. Naum

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  • Password Protected Link to the Webinar will be forwarded after registration prior to the programs each day.
  • Certificates of Attendance will be available upon request. Please note that in order to receive this COA, periodic alerts will be transmitted during the sessions each day, that require a direct timely text reply by the participants.
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