Mark van der Feyst examines some considerations firefighters need to keep in mind when dealing with flat roofs.
Fire photographer Tim Olk shared some photos from the scene of a large fire that burned an apartment complex last week in East Troy, Wisconsin.
James Johnson will evaluate some of the most common myths relating to the performance of building construction materials and systems under fire conditions.
Bill Gustin offers this account of a successful response by fire companies in Detroit to an assisted living facility as an example of how best to handle and manage a fire featuring multiple fire and victim situations.
Michael J. Lopina stresses that responders must be exceptionally vigilant when sizing up and addressing the hazards at fires in a building made of lightweight construction and offers safety tips.
Vertical ventilation has become an almost automatic assignment for the first-arriving company officer. But, are we ignoring near-miss reports by continuing to do so routinely? Shouldn’t we evaluate the fire first and then determine if vertical ventilation is the best option?
It is imperative to understand how massive lightweight wood-frame multiple dwellings are being constructed, the dangers they present, and how to deal with them under fire conditions.
Fire Engineering Technical Editor Glenn Corbett recently lectured on the dangers of lightweight construction in multiple dwellings before the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association in Kearny, New Jersey.
In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses these lightweight steel trusses fabricated from galvanized steel strips and are commonly used in residential and commercial construction.
A recent report examined some of the construction going on in Charlotte, North Carolina, and focused on safety concerns some experts have raised about lightweight wood construction.