The Main Street Memo

Transom windows

By Joe Pronesti, Chris Tobin, and Alexis Shady

Today is the inaugural edition “The Main Street Memo,” a downloadable, single-page offering that will focus on hazards and issues directly associated with downtown-type legacy construction.

It is our hope that you download and post wherever your fellow members look at for information, whether it is via e-mail, text, bulletin boards etc. Let us help you better prepare you for your next Main Street fire.

The first of these has to do with transom windows.

Download as a PDF.

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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