Main Street Memo: Wet Walls

Wet walls

By Joe Pronesti, Chris Tobin, and Alexis Shady

Grab a new training bulleting on building construction issues firefighters may encounter when responding to fires on “Main Street.” You can download the file to print out and distribute here.

This month’s edition concerns “wet walls,” which contain the plumbing and vents for bathrooms and kitchens and may be cause for concern when it comes to fire extension.


Building Construction Review

JOSEPH PRONESTI is a 31-year veteran of the Elyria (OH) Fire Department, where he is a shift commander. He is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Executive Officer program and a lead instructor at the Cuyahoga (OH) County Community College Fire Academy. He is a contributor to fire service publications and sites, including Fire Engineering,, and

CHRISTOPHER TOBIN is a firefighter assigned to St. Louis (MO) Fire Department Rescue 2.

ALEXIS SHADY is a firefighter/paramedic with the Richmond Heights (MO) Fire Department.


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