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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 […]

Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

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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.

Testimony Continues from 2011 LAFD LODD Fire at Luxury Hollywood Hills Home in Hearing for Architect

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A veteran fire captain testified Wednesday that he was trapped in debris that fell from a ceiling during a February 2011 fire at a luxury home in the Hollywood Hills, where another longtime firefighter suffered fatal injuries.

Near-Miss, with RIT Deployment at Structural Collapse: Canada

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Are you Reading Your Buildings Correctly? It’s not always that easy and looks may very well be deceiving.

Second Alarm Apartment Fire, VA

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Strategy and Tactics at Garden Apartment Complex and Residencies required special instructions, insights and knowledge that goes well beyond the practices and methodologies typically deployed at single family residential fire incidents.

FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer on Leadership During 9-11

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Leadership in the evolving minutes of September 11th. FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer on Leadership During 9-11 and Beyond.

Three Firefighters Injured in Residential Collapse

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Floor and wall collapse at a residential fire sends three firefighters into the basement and results in RIT rescues.

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The WaldbaumÂ’s Supermarket Fire and Collapse FDNY 1978   The Waldbaum Super market fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames. The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as […]

Texas Captain; 2010 LODD Report Issued with Lessons Learned

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Captain Araguz, a 30 year old, 11-year veteran of the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department made Captain in 2009.

USFA Releases Restaurant Building Fires Report

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued a special report examining the characteristics of restaurant building fires. The report, Restaurant Building Fires, was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is based on 2007 to 2009 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Restaurant Building Fires     […]

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