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Corbett's Trivia

Glenn Corbett, PE, is the former assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an assistant professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and a technical editor for Fire Engineering. He recently served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team and is a member of the Fire Code Advisory Council for New Jersey. He is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition, editor of the upcoming Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II, and an FDIC Executive Advisory Board member.


Past Trivia

Corbett's Trivia: Conflagration

When was the last conflagration in Manhattan?

Corbett's Trivia: Fire Dynamics Simulation

What fire involving firefighter fatalities was the first to be computer modeled using the fire dynamics simulator of NIST?

Corbett's Trivia: Sprinklers After MGM Grand Fire

In the wake of the Las Vegas MGM Grand fire in 1980, how many sprinkler heads were retrofitted in the building before it reopened?

Corbett's Trivia: Original Halligan Identification

How would you identify an original halligan tool created by Hugh Halligan?

Corbett's Trivia: Truck Companies

Besides Philadelphia, what city used letter designations for its truck companies in the 19th century?

Corbett's Trivia: Hackensack Ford Fire

In the tragic 1988 fire that killed five Hackensack (NJ) firefighters, how many bowstring trusses were located over the service area in Hackensack Ford?

Corbett's Trivia

What is the favorite board game of the San Antonio (TX) Fire Department?

Corbett's Trivia: UFO Response

What's the only Fire Engineering book to have a chapter covering fire department response to unidentified flying objects (UFOs)?

Corbett's Trivia: Cocoanut Grove

Who was the designer of Cocoanut Grove nightclub?

Corbett's Trivia: Cocoanut Grove

Within the famed 1940s Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, where were the light fixtures located?

Corbett's Trivia: Cocoanut Grove

What song was band director Mickey Alpert conducting when the 1942 fire broke out in the Cocoanut Grove in Boston?

Corbett's Trivia: Cocoanut Grove

Of the 492 killed at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston in 1942, how many died near the jammed revolving door?

Firefighting History: Corbett's Trivia: Brooklyn Theater Fire

What play was being performed at the Brooklyn Theater on December 5, 1876 when a fire broke out, killing more than 300 people?

Corbett's Trivia: On Baseball and Hawaii

Who was the inventor of modern baseball and Honolulu's fire chief?

Corbett's Trivia: Firefighter Deaths in Theater Fire

What movie theater fire cost the lives of 13 firefighters on March 10, 1941?