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Winter Roof Collapses

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Now that the heat of summer is on us, it's appropriate to look back on one of the worst ice- and snow-filled winters in recent memory.

ASTM Fire Standards Committee Approves Standard for Direct Flame Impingement of Exterior Vents

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Adopted in 2005, Chapter 7A of the California Building Code describes provisions for attic vents for new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

Construction Concerns: Wood Framing: Sill Plate Anchors

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

In this new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the role sill plate anchors play in wood-frame structures.

Firefighter Training Drill: Parapet Walls

Firefighter Training Drill: Parapet Walls

Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Doug Mitchell of Traditions Training provides an awareness drill on the dangers presented by parapet walls on buildings.

Boston Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Apartment Fire

Tue, Jul 1, 2014

No one was injured in a two-alarm fire Monday night that started on the roof of an apartment building in Boston's Mission Hill section.

Construction Concerns: Metal Roofs

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Metal roofs can complicate the size-up of buildings for firefighters since the builldings can look like they are made of materials which they are not, writes Gregory Havel.

Special Achievements and Committee Service Honored by NFPA

Sun, Jun 15, 2014

Every year the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards will be presented to 14 individuals at the NFPA Conference & Expo taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Fighting Fires in Disposable Structures

Tue, Jun 10, 2014

In this course, discover why lightweight wood-frame structures burn faster and fail sooner and learn the four current residential structural features that pose major risks during fires.

Building Construction: Lightweight Steel Framing

Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Being able to distinguish between wood frame and steel construction is crucial to any size-up. Here's how to recognize steel frame so you can adjust tactics accordingly.

Construction Concerns: Hybrid Buildings

Mon, Jun 9, 2014

In this installment of Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel tells firefighters what they need to know about hybrid buildings when responding to this unique structures.

Fire Danger Concerns Black Forest Residents and Experts

Sun, Jun 8, 2014

Fire experts are fustrated by the El Paso county's failure to follow their recommendation and toughen fire codes.

A Side-By-Side Comparison of New and Old Construction

Mon, Jun 2, 2014

Knowing the differences between older and newly-constructed occupancies is crucial, and this course will describe the differences and how to operate on the fireground accordingly.

Firefighters Respond to Maplewood (NJ) Building Collapse

Fri, May 30, 2014

At least one person was injured in a building collapse at a restaurant Friday morning in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Construction Concerns: Contractor Hazards

Wed, May 28, 2014

Gregory Havel discusses some construction site hazards that responders could encounter as a result of contractor negligence.

Taxpayers and Strip Malls: Construction and Tactics

Fri, May 23, 2014

Dave Topczynski-Knowing these structures' similarities and differences enables you to gather pertinent preplanning information to select the best firefighting tactics.

New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Endorses Building Code Adoption

Thu, May 22, 2014

At the most recent meeting of its board of directors, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) unanimously passed a resolution calling upon the New York State Code Council to adopt the International Residential Building Code without amendment.

Construction Concerns: Construction Job Site Hazards

Mon, May 12, 2014

Firefighters must pay attention to construction job sites, whether new construction or remodeling of existing buildings, writes Gregory Havel.

Firefighter Training Drill: Residential Cell Phone Site

Fri, May 9, 2014

Fire Department of New York Lieutenant Douglas J. Mitchell, Jr. offers this Traditions Training drill which focuses on responses to residential cell phone sites. 

Modular Issues: Crane Lifting Access Points

Mon, May 5, 2014

Kevin A. Gallagher discusses the basics of how modular construction materials are handled and how the building is constructed.

A building of Type III (ordinary, or brick and joist) construction after a fire. The exterior walls are of three-wythe brick masonry, with pockets to support the wood floor and roof joists. Photo by Greg Havel.

Construction Concerns: Remodeling Older Buildings

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Under fire conditions, firefighters should not assume that remodeling has used materials similar to the original construction materials, Greg Havel writes.

Fire in a Fully Sprinklered Building

Fri, Apr 25, 2014

On the afternoon of August 31, 2013, fire broke out at the roof level near the center of a nearly 300,000-square-foot food distribution warehouse in Delanco, New Jersey.

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