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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.

Drill: Was Humpty Dumpty Really an Egg?

Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Traditions Training's Samuel Hittle talks of how adaptions can become a dissimilar truth and encourages you to watch published content, read the studies, and interpret the data for yourself.

Q & A: Sean Gray on 'Attack from the Burned Side'

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Sean Gray recently presented a Webcast on structural firefighting tactics, "Attack from the Burned Side: New Age Tactics and Tasks." Read his answers to questions posed during the live presentation.

Humpday Hangout: The 'Vertical Lumberyard'

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

On today's Humpday Hangout, talk fireground tactics with Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and their guests.

Construction Concerns: Fire Doors

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

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

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.

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February 2015
Volume 168, Issue 2

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