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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.  

Structure Fires: Beware of the Danger Above Your Head

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

One of the most important safety lessons new firefighters can learn is how much fire can be over their heads with little or no indication below. I almost learned this lesson the hard way more than 40 years ago at a fire in a drug store. On arrival, we saw light gray smoke a few inches below the store's 12-foot-high tin ceiling.

Construction Concerns: Misleading Marketing

Tue, Apr 7, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel takes a look at the old adage "Let the buyer beware" regarding construction building materials.

HFSC Announces Stipends for Burn Demos

Sun, Apr 5, 2015

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announces a new stipend program for U.S. and Canadian fire departments looking to conduct home fire sprinkler demonstrations within their communities.


Building Construction - Luxury Apartments: Is Your Department Ready?

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Today's apartments have evolved into small communities all their own. Stuart Grant

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

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

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

Building Construction and Fire Dynamics - Are You Prepared for a Fire on Your Town's Main Street?

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Are you familiar enough with the common types of building construction in your locality and how these buildings will react under fire conditions? Joseph D. Pronesti

Brick Warehouse Fire

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Firefighters from the Buffalo (NY) Fire Department were kept busy when a fire erupted in a 30- × 120-foot two-story brick warehouse.

Construction Concerns: Roofs: Snow Load

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

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.

Fire at Staten Island (NY) Townhouse Community Goes to Four Alarms

Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) crews responded Monday afternoon to a four-alarm fire at a Staten Island (NY) townhouse community.

One Injured in Buffalo (NY) Dwelling Fire

Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Buffalo (NY) firefighters made quick work of a fire at an occupied 2 1/2-story wood frame at 561 Monroe Street on March 12, 2015.

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Hackensack (NJ) Remembers Fallen Firefighters

July 2, 2015 On the evening of July 1, Hackensack (NJ) city officials, firefighters, families, and friends gathered at the firefig...

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