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Podium wood-frame private dwellings are raised with the use of reinforced concrete from four to ten feet into the air.

Combustible Construction: Podium Wood-Frame Private Dwellings

Salvatore Ancona reviews issues firefighters may encounter when dealing with fires in podium wood-frame private dwellings.
Fire in Milan

Questions Arise over Cladding in Milan High-Rise Fire

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala said it was “unacceptable” that a building just over a decade old showed itself to be so vulnerable.
Anchor ties and wall straps

Main Street Memo: Wall Tie vs. Anchor Strap

This firefighter training bulletin focuses on differentiating two building construction elements: wall ties and anchor straps.
Firefighters on scene at a fatal Erie PA fire

Fire That Killed Five PA Kids Changed Law, But Some Say More Needed

Two years ago, the city of Erie was devastated after an overnight fire claimed the lives of five children at a family child care home.
A veneer wall is made of a single vertical thickness of masonry

Veneer vs. Façade: What’s the Difference?

Sal Ancona explores the distinction between these building features and what they might mean for firefighters.
Firefighters examining building exteriors as part of training on building construction challenges

Main Street Firefighting: A Modern Take on Legacy Buildings

How do we train our firefighters on the challenges associated with legacy buildings? Chris Tobin and Lex Shady have some suggestions.
Masonry collapse

Main Street Memo: Masonry Collapse

This edition deals with masonry collapse, and indicators that firefighters may discern prior to structural collapse of a building.
Standpipe and fire alarm control panel in sick high-rise buildings

‘Sick’ High-Rise Buildings Undergoing Alterations

High-rise buildings undergo a life cycle of being born, getting sick, and dying. Jack J. Murphy and Jerry Tracy on what these conditions mean for firefighters.
Ron Kanterman

Good to Be Home Again…After 32 Years

Ron Kanterman recounts his return to a familiar haunt and the importance of fire prevention programs.
A finished attic space with knee walls

Attic vs. Cockloft: What’s the Difference?

Sal Ancona looks at the differences between these aspects of building construction and what firefighters must consider in terms of tactics.