Webinar: High-Rise Buildings: Understanding the Vertical Challenge

High-Rise Buildings: Understanding the Vertical Challenges

Join an upcoming discussion with Glenn Corbett, Jack J. Murphy, and Jerry Tracy about the challenges of firefighting in high-rise buildings.

The talk, which is available for live streaming courtesy of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, is based on the forthcoming book by Murphy, Tracy, and James Murtagh: High-Rise Buildings: Understanding the Vertical Challenges. The book will be published by Fire Engineering Books & Videos.

Podcast: Jack Murphy and Jerry Tracy on High-Rise Firefighting

High-rise buildings remain the defining feature of urban areas, and even 20 years after 9/11, challenges remain in fire and life safety. This book, the product of experienced high-rise firefighting experts and high-rise emergency planners, promises to be a defining text in the field.

GLENN CORBETT, PE, is the former assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College in New York City, and technical editor for Fire Engineering. He is the coauthor of Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 6th Edition; editor of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II; and an FDIC International executive advisory board member.

Jack J. Murphy, M.A., is chairman of the High-Rise Fire/Life Safety Directors Association, New York City. He is a fire marshal (ret.), a former deputy chief, and a former Bergen County (NJ) deputy fire coordinator. He serves on the following National Fire Protection Association committees: High-Rise Building Safety Advisory and 1620 Pre-Incident Planning, and Building Fire/Life Safety Director. He represents the International Association of Fire Chiefs on the Northeast Region Fire Code Work Group. He is the author of numerous fire service articles and authored a field handbook on the Rapid Incident Command System, authored the “Pre-Incident Planning” chapter of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II, and co-authored “Bridging the Gap: Fire Safety and Green Buildings.” He is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering and FDIC International. He was the recipient of the 2012 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Follow Jack at twitter.com/JackJMurphy1

Jerry Tracy is a retired battalion chief from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where he served for more than 30 years. He began as a firefighter in Engine 90 in the Bronx and Ladder 108 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As a lieutenant, he was assigned to Ladder 4 in midtown Manhattan and captain of Tower Ladder 35 on the Upper West Side. He formed and became the first captain of Squad 18, a Special Operations unit and the only squad company in Manhattan. He developed numerous training programs and revised firefighting policy and procedures for the FDNY. He has had published numerous articles in Fire Engineering and WNYF. He was the catalyst to the research conducted by NIST, UL, and NYU Polytechnic Institute on smoke management and fire behavior in high-rise buildings, most specifically wind-driven fires. He was a keynote speaker at FDIC International 2017 and received the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

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