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Fire Damages Landmark Wilmette (IL) Building

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Fire heavily damaged the landmark Woman's Club of Wilmette in Wilmette, Illinois, and fire photographer Tim Olk was on scene to capture photos of the incident.

Construction Concerns: Wood Frame Concealed Spaces

Mon, Feb 9, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregoy Havel informs firefighters on the hazards of spaces created within wood frame structures.

New Jersey Fire Prompts Bill to Halt Lightweight Wood Construction

Sat, Feb 7, 2015

The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices such as the use of lightweight wood.

Structural Insulated Panels and Fire Endurance

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

These panels make a building virtually airtight. A fire in such a building is, therefore, likely to remain ventilation-controlled until a window breaks from heat, a wall or roof burns through, or firefighters force entry. Gregory Havel

Firefighting and Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Formerly just used on commercial structures, this building cladding material is now used on all types of occupancies from business offices to motels to family dwellings. Learn the composition, the features, and the hazards. Ronald R. Spadafora

Tile Roof: Vertical Ventilation

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

The usual tactical mindset when ventilating asphalt shingles or built-up roofs doesn't fit tile roofs in part because of the extra weight supported by lightweight trusses under fire conditions. Gibby Gorman

Jack Murphy Discusses Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Fire Engineering board member and John Jay professor Jack Murphy was on WABC to discuss the recent huge fire at an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey.

In Case You Missed It: December 2014 Fire Engineering Features

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

View some of the online-only features that ran this month on the Fire Engineering Web site.

Construction Concerns: Hollow Core Precast Concrete Plank

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks indepth at the combustibility and uses of this common construction component.  

'Lightweight' Homes Concern Wisconsin Firefighters

Sat, Dec 13, 2014

About 30 seconds after the last firefighter emerged from a burning Weston house several years ago, the floor he had been standing on collapsed behind him with a whoosh.

Los Angeles Fire Prompts Call for Probe of Wood Frame

Sat, Dec 13, 2014

Construction Concerns: Trenching and Excavating

Mon, Dec 8, 2014

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

Pennsylvania Fire Crews Battle Fully Involved Dwelling Fire

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Chris Haldeman shares photos of East Cocalcio fire crews responding to a recent house fire.

Construction Concerns: Adhesives in Manufactured Lumber

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks into the history and combustibility of adhesives in manufactured lumber.

Drill: New Architecture = New Tactics

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training dill focusing on one tactical challenge found in a hybrid of the Texas Doughnut and the Podium construction architecture.

The Residential Building: Our Enemy

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Each and every fire to which we respond will not fit the ventilation limited fire behavior model, writes P.J. Norwood.

Fire-Resistive Floor-Ceiling Assemblies

Mon, Nov 10, 2014

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at fire resistance ratings for these sections of commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings.

AFSA Announces Schedule for 2015 Sprinkler System Planning Schools

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) announces the 2015 schedule for its popular Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School. Five 2015 class sessions have been scheduled for January 19-30, March 16-27, May 11-22, July 20-31, and September 14-25.

Winds Help Spread Buffalo (NY) Structure Fire

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Buffalo (NY) firefighters responded in the late afternoon of October 25, 2014, after several calls reporting a structure fire.

Get the Roof!

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

You arrive at a fire on the top floor of a building and the incident commander (IC) tells your company to get the roof or, as in some departments like the Fire Department of New York, you are assigned to the roof position.

Humpday Hangout: Building Construction and Firefighter LODD Reports

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

In yesterday's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and Fire Rescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden spoke to Chris Naum, Bill Carey, and Chris Willis.

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NFPA Receives Grant from State Farm for 2015 Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire Campaign

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