Structural Firefighting



Preincident Intelligence of Inactive Buildings, Part 1

A fire department that does not have full sight of the district it protects is not likely to be successful when confronted with unrealized hazards, writes Eric Bachman.


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KS Department Fights Third Fire in Three Days

Manhattan Fire Department firefighters were called to battle a fire less than a block away from a fire they fought th...

Two Baltimore Firefighters Hurt While Battling House Fires

Hundreds Pay Tribute to Fallen FDNY Firefighter

FDNY Reveals Cause of Fire That Killed FDNY Firefighter

An air conditioner electrical cord pinched between a bed frame and wall started the fire that killed Lt. Gordon Ambel...

Staten Island Firefighter Dies After Fire at Brooklyn High-Rise

A 40-year-old FDNY lieutenant from Staten Island was killed Saturday night when he became trapped while looking ...

Video: Firefighters Operating at Reno (NV) Fire

A video recently uploaded to Vimeo by Michael Hernandez shows Reno (NV) firefighters operating at the scene of a dwel...

Colorado Firefighters Control Fire at High-Rise Apartments

Firefighters battled a fire that broke out early Monday at a high-rise apartment complex in Lakewood, Colorado.

Firefighters Respond to Texas Structural Collapse

Firefighters responded today to a structural collapse in which several people were injured at a home in Harris County...

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Clifton (NJ) House Fire

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire yesterday at a residence in Clifton, New Jersey.

Fire Spreads Through Howell NJ Shopping Plaza

A fire damaged "several" businesses located within a Route 9 shopping plaza.

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Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.


Big Storms, Big Emergencies

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and discover how to preplan with your local utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

First Due Battalion Chief

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.


Challenges to Implementing PPA: Q&A

American Fork (UT) Fire & Rescue Chief Kriss Garcia recently conducted a Webcast entitled "Challenges to Implementing PPA." Here are his responses to some questions asked during the presentation.

Industrial Firefighting

Cause of Fire at Williston (ND) Company Unknown

Authorities are unable to say what caused a large industrial fire in Williston to ignite.


RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses on the sublevel removal of a downed firefighter.

Structural Firefighting

KS Department Fights Third Fire in Three Days

Manhattan Fire Department firefighters were called to battle a fire less than a block away from a fire they fought the night before early Wednesday morning.

Wildland Firefighting

Oregon Firefighters Battle New Lightning Fires

Lightning rolled through much of eastern Oregon on Tuesday, leaving in its wake several dozen reports of new wildfire starts.


The Dangers of Hoarder Fires

The dangers don't stop when the fire goes out, writes Ryan Pennington.


Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 2

If a fire department does not know its responsibilities, the effectiveness of its response ability will be hampered, and responder safety will be compromised, writes Eric G. Bachman.

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Child Dies in Bensenville (IL) House Fire

July 23, 2014

A child hiding behind a dresser died in a Bensenville house fire Wednesday afternoon.

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