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Quebec Government Releases Guide on Construction of 12-Story Wood Buildings

Tue, Aug 18, 2015

The government of the Canadian province of Quebec has released a guide on the construction of 12-story wood buildings, according to a release.

Firefighters, Register Now for Remote ICC Final Code Hearings Voting

Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Do you feel comfortable reading the outside of a building? Jack Murphy and Sean DeCrane urge you to join fellow firefighters in voting at the ICC Code Development Final Hearings in Long Beach, California.

Construction Concerns: Job Site Fuel Storage, Part I

Mon, Aug 10, 2015

In the first part of his multipart Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at codes and regulations regarding potentially hazardous fuels stored at job sites.

The Facility Four C's

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

No matter how benign a facility may appear on the outside or the complacency one unconsciously acquires from nonemergent familiarity, all protected elements require careful analysis and evaluation, writes Eric G. Bachman.

Strive to Be a "Type I" Officer

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Type I officers are competent at their job skills and likable to coworkers, supervisors, and subordinates. HIDEKATSU KAJITANI      

Today's Fireground: Revisiting the 13-Point Size-Up

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

It doesn't matter what method you use to organize your thoughts during size-up as long as it works when you respond to an emergency. ALBE BASSETT      

Boston Firefighters to Be Armed with Building Data

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

The Boston (MA) Fire Department is working with the city's data analytics team to get critical building information into the hands of firefighters during emergency incidents, according to a report.

Construction Concerns: Repurposed Structures

Thu, Jul 9, 2015

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns focuses on the history of one building in his former district of Burlington, Wisconsin, that has under several changes through the years.

St. Louis Firefighters Battle Fire at Vacant Warehouse

Thu, Jul 9, 2015

Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire last night at a vacant warehouse in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri.

The "Prime" in a Primary Search

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

David DeStefano offers insight into this scenario involving the response to a 12-story apartment building.

Hackensack (NJ) Remembers Fallen Firefighters

Thu, Jul 2, 2015

On the evening of July 1, Hackensack (NJ) city officials, firefighters, families, and friends gathered at the firefighter's memorial in Fairmont Park for the 27th anniversary of the 1988 auto dealership fire that killed five members of the department.

Drills: Fire Behavior and Building Construction

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

In this set of firefighter training drills by Forest Reeder, he takes a look at some aspects of building construction and their impacts on fire dynamics and firefighting tactics.

Firefighters Hurt Battling Indianapolis Working Vacant Apartment Building Fire

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Two firefighters suffered slight injuries while working at a recent fire in a vacant Indianapolis (IN) apartment building, according to an Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) release.

American Wood Council Gets USDA Grant to Study Tall Wood Construction

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

The American Wood Council has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings.

Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Contain Dwelling Fire

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Buffalo (NY) firefighters responded to 117 Spann Street June 1, 2015, for a reported structure fire in the city's Kaisertown section.

Tulsa Fire Department's Bowstring Truss ID System

Fri, May 29, 2015

This Oklahoma department implemented a program that provides initial responders with critical information-about the presence of bowstring truss construction, a serious threat to firefighter safety-when they need it most.

Company, Employers Fined After Ontario Fire That Endangered Workers, Injured Crane Operator

Thu, May 21, 2015

Following a fire at a construction project in Kingston, Ontario, that led to a crane operator being rescued by military helicopter, three individuals and the company that employed the worker s have pleaded guilty in court and fined a total of $74,000.

Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Extinguish Vacant House Fire

Tue, May 19, 2015

Buffalo (NY) firefighters made quick work of a fire in a vacant house at 70 Kosciuszko on May 15, 2015.

Construction Concerns: Radiant Floor Heating Panels

Mon, May 11, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses these panels, which are often installed on the floors of wood frame buildings and are supported by lightweight construction methods.

Indianapolis Firefighters Battle Fire at Used Tire Store

Tue, May 5, 2015

One firefighter suffered a minor injury when companies responded last week to this working building fire in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Training Minutes: Roof Access

Tue, May 5, 2015

In this firefighter training video, Nick Martin and company provide some tips for improving roof access for vertical ventilation.  

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