Why We Search

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The next time you run that report of smoke coming from the local Quick Mart or 7-11 will your attitude towards search be different?Do you consider such occupanicies to be ‘unoccupied’ depending on the business hours?What type of informal preplanning can reveal such conditions (i.e. medic locals, shopping for the meal) 3 rescued from fire […]

Wind Driven Fires, Houston

Some of the latest news developing from the early LODD investigation in Houston involves the possibility of high winds effecting the fire behavior. If so this will not be the first time we have heard of this regarding private dwellings.“Winds may have been factor in fatal fire“““One of the things that we’re looking at is […]

Chocks

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That cheap scrap of wood may save your life. Don’t carry them just to look cool. “Close Call for Two Firefighters” Patrick Scott Pictures Photographs courtesy Nate DeMarse

Industry Standard

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Another possible tool for us to add to the proverbial toolbox is a new gadget aimed at tracking people. Intelligence Safety Solutions released a prototype of SafetySet, an electronic device that is reported to be able to provide a definitive answer for determining if occupants are still in a building. According to researchers from the […]

Wind Driven Conditions – Lab Experiments

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the first report from the wind driven firefighting research. “Fire Fighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions: Laboratory Experiments“. Eight experiments focused on the effects of wind on fire spread and were intended to expose the public hallway to wind driven, post-flashover fire conditions. The use of […]

2008 Near-Miss Annual Report

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The 2008 Annual Report from the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System has been released. 590 reports were posted, an increase from the 477 in 2007. A total of 2,149 reports have been posted to the site since 2005. Some interesting data from the 2008 Annual Report are: Firefighters and Company Officers account for a […]

Initiative

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In a time when it appears that some in the fire service can no longer think for themselves without having attended the latest leadership seminar, we leave it to the backstep firefighters to remind everyone that the job still gets done, without having to text each other or use a powerpoint projector.Jacksonville (FL) firefighters were […]

“It’s all in the basement”

The following video from East St. Louis plainly illustrates the need to be a deliberate engine company. In viewing we learn that the lineman recognizes two signs of the first floor being compromised. We also see and hear how the lineman communicates to the rest of his company about:– First floor integrity/hazard– Need to check […]

Collyer and Blankets in the Projects

Relating to the Collyer Mansion article on Firehouse.com this month, there was a 2-alarm fire in the Bronx in Co-op City this week. Unless you happened to be listening to the FDNY online you would be hard pressed to find any information about this job. Fires in major cities are a dime a dozen to […]

Spring Training

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On Thursday, 12 February, the Red Sox struggled their way through an oppressive Florida winter to begin the first day of Spring Training. Last weekend, in the Washington D.C. area the thermometer hit the upper fifties and people could be found on The Mall in shorts and t-shirts. Spring, or any slight hint of spring, […]

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