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'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.

Two Chicago Firefighters Injured in Extra-Alarm Fire

Mon, Oct 13, 2014

Two firefighters were trapped in an extra-alarm fire at a residential building in the Bridgeport neighborhood that displaced at least 10 people Sunday afternoon, but the firefighters escaped with minor injuries.

Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles is New Braun Dealer

Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Braun Industries is proud to announce the newest dealership to join the Braun family. Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles will provide new Braun ambulance sales in Missouri and Kansas. They will also be a Braun Authorized Service Center.

Firefighters Expect Full Containment of King Fire by Saturday

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Full containment of a massive wildfire that scorched roughly 97,000 acres just east of Sacramento is expected by Saturday.

What Would You Do? Residence, Office, or...?

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Check out a new fire simulation from Skip Coleman. This scenario takes place in a residence that is being occupied as an office.

Construction Concerns: Hazard Communication in Construction

Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Gregory Havel discusses the importance of record keeping by building owners and managers, which can provide valuable information to first responders in the event of a fire, explosion, or structural collapse.

Modular Concerns: The Dangers of Sunlight Reflected Off Energy-Efficient Windows

Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Kevin A. Gallagher follows up on his October 2013 article with this update on the dangers of a new type of fire cause.

What Would You Do? Remodeled Motel Fire

Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Skip Coleman offers a firefighter training simulation in which he asks how you would respond to this fire at a remodeled hotel in your area.

Roof Crickets: What's Your Operation?

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Colin Kelley discusses the hazards of responding to roofs with "crickets"—wooden, framed-out, triangular structures installed over top of already existing flat or pitched roofs.  

What Would You Do? Lightweight Wood Building

Tue, Sep 2, 2014

Check out a new firefighting simulation from John "Skip" Coleman on a fire in a lightweight constructed building.

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