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An Officer who Made a Difference: Remembrance

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Captain Patrick “Paddy” Brown, FDNY Remembrance, One of Many Stories: One of the 343… On September 11, 2001, Captain Patrick Brown and eleven men from FDNY Ladder 3 responded to the attacks at the World Trade Center. His firehouse, Ladder 3, is located in very close proximity to the Twin Towers so his was one […]

Occupancy Risk and Predictability of Performance

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Take a look at this interior shot of the following occupancy:

The First-Due and The Building

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The First-Due: We predicate with certain expectations that fire will travel in a defined manner in a building.

Taking it to the Streets and Reading the Building: Side by Side

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  Taking it to the Streets and Reading the Building: Side by Side   Today’s Street view and Reading the Building opportunity is focused on a large building complex. At first glance it looks like one BIG building. However, closer scrutiny reveals there are three (3) building occupancies sharing common party walls. What gives you […]

ORDINARY EFFICIENCY-Part I

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ORDINARY EFFICIENCY Part I Are you efficient enough in tactics and strategy in ordinary Type III structure fires? Guest Columnist: Captain Joe Pronesti   NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 2013 data reports that approximately 387,000 structure fires took place in residential structures compared to 98,000 in structured categorized as apartments and 17,500 in apartments what […]

Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day

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  Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day At times, our surroundings become a blur and fade into the fabric that defines our response district, our first-due, our neighborhood, community, city or town. We tend to focus on thos…e areas that have an immediacy or frequency that defines day-to –day operations, […]

Taking it to the Streets: Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned

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What at the Projected Operational Risks? Do they Matter? Photo:CJ Naum, 2013 Taking it to the Streets Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned and derelict buildings continue to challenge emergency response companies at incidents. It’s the buildings of Heritage – masonry construction with Heavy Timber, Mill, Semi-Mill or Ordinary Construction systems of three to six to eight story […]

The Company Officer: Ready for the Next Run?

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If you don’t understand the building, the occupancy risk and align tactics with the fire dynamics and compartment, then you’re not doing your job.

The Compartment and the Company

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Tactical Fireground successes are measured by the abilities of the Company

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The fact that at times, our surroundings do become a blur and fade into the background…

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