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UL Fire Safety Journal 3

Describes the live-fire experiments UL conducted to better understand fire behavior and to test innovative fire attack tactics that can help firefighters more safely and effectively fight modern structure fires.



Lawsuit Charges Indian Hill Couple Misrepresented Fire Claims

An insurance company is suing the owners of an Indian Hill mansion that burned down last year, accusing them of hiding details about the fire and exaggerating the value of property lost in the fire

Building Construction - Fires in Pole Building Construction: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Know the dangers of post-and-frame construction, which is common in many areas of the country. Douglas Fishel

Construction Concerns: Roofs: Snow Load

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns looks at the amount of snow load that a roof is designed to hold according to building code requirements among other variables.

Construction Concerns: Fire Doors

Fire-rated doors can provide a valuable line of defense for firefighters. Greg Havel has more on this building construction feature.

Construction Concerns: Trenching and Excavating

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel warns first responders of the dangers of entering these construction areas.

Applying Fire Research to Structural Firefighting


Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Bloomfield (NJ) House Fire

Firefighters responded today to a working house fire in Bloomfield, New Jersey, that went to two alarms.

Flames Engulf Ocala (FL) Home

Ocala (FL) Fire Rescue responded to reports of a working fire Thursday morning at 11:06 a.m at 43 SW 21st Ave.

Coordinated ventilation has a role

This is in reference to "Controlling the Openings: Is This the Future of Ventilation?" by Sean Gray (Fire Engineering, October 2014) and, in general, to certain fire departments' application of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire studies.

Fighting Fires in Motels of Modular Construction

The article "Vacant Warehouse Fire: Lessons Learned" (Fire Engineering, June 2011, 59-68, http://bit.ly/19xXMkz) details a 1992 multiple-alarm fire in Fort Worth, Texas. I wanted to highlight the lessons firefighters learned in attacking a five-alarm fire in a vacant high-rise structure.

Off-Duty Idaho Firefighter Rescues Woman from Fire

An off-duty Kootenai (ID) Fire and Rescue firefighter rescued a woman trapped in a burning home Monday evening, according to a news report.

What Would You Do? Westwood Theater

This fire occurs in an older movie theater. Check out a new training scenario from Skip Coleman.

Firefighters Respond to Fully Involved New Orleans (LA) Fire

On March 29, 2015, firefighters responded to a fire that burned three vacant dwellings in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hamtramck (MI) Firefighters Battle Residential Fire

At around 0110 hours on Monday, April 13, firefighters from the Hamtramck (MI) Fire Department were dispatched to check for a possible dwelling fire at Holbrook & Brombach.

Knoxville (TN) Firefighters Battle Warehouse Fire

Firefighters with the Knoxville (TN) Fire Department extinguished a fire Saturday night at a 4,500-square-foot warehouse filled with vintage cars and collectible coin-operated machines.

Drill: Roof Report

Prince George’s County (MD) Fire Department Captain Donald Fletcher Jr. offers this Traditions Training drill that requires companies to go out to structures in their first due, ladder the roof, and practice giving what their statement would be.

WPI Researchers Create the First National Database on Fire Attack Hose Burn-Throughs

As part of a larger research effort focused on the design and development of a next-generation fire attack hose, a team of faculty members and students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has launched a fire department survey and associated online database to gather and document information on actual hose burn-through incidents nationwide.

Firefighters Respond to Skokie (IL) Working Fire

Last week, firefighters responded to a working fire at a residence in Skokie, Illinois, and fire photographer Steve Redick shared photos and video from the scene.

What Would You Do? Apartment Building Fire

This fire occurs in an apartment building immediately after a thunder storm moves through the area. Check out a new firefighter training scenario presented by Skip Coleman.

Deadly Los Angeles Hotel Fire Investigated as Suspicious

The cause of a hotel fire that killed one person and injured 15 others, including some who jumped from a second story to escape, is considered suspicious.

Four-Alarm Fire Causes One Million in Damages to Oregon High School

A four-alarm fire destroyed one building at South Albany High School in a fire that erupted around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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