Archive for December2009

Hazards of Commercial Buildings

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No doubt that we all have a building like this in our jurisdiction, if not several. In many cases these buildings have been several different kinds of business and altered some fashion or another. These are not simple fires, especially if there are part of a main street block or strip mall type of set […]

Iroquois Theater Fire Anniversary

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The Iroquois Theater opened in Chicago in 1903 and like many things built in that time period, was touted as being “fire proof.”   On December 30th, the play “Mr. Bluebeard” was being performed and at around 3:00PM a scene portraying moonlight was set.  There were approximately 1900 people in the crowd, many standing in […]

Kitchen Table Tactics

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What have we got here? What is you size up? What is you first impression as you are driving up the drive about line placement and life safety considerations? What is your first action when stepping out of the apparatus and why? Are there any special tactical considerations that aren’t obvious? Venting where and why? […]

Safety, Safety, Safety!

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This should be obvious to most who look at this picture. We have a fully charged house fire and we are venting. There is no doubt that venting this structure is appropriate. We have a vent guy on the stoop roof with what looks to be a good tool and I think I see an […]

Venting the Roof

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Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Using a roof ladder is a good thing.  Working in teams is a good thing.  What are some hazards we see here? What is the main problem with this operation?  Post your responses and I will post mine later. Stay safe.

Roosevelt Hotel Fire 1963

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The ballroom held many events and this night hosted a paThe  fire started in the ballroom and was said to have started from a discarded cigarrette but it actually began in the ceiling from faulty wiring.rty after the Gator Bowl.  This hotel was one of only two luxury hotels in Jacksonville, FL at the time. […]

More PIV’s

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These PIVs are on the same property.  There is only one system in the building but there are two PIVS and two hydrants. The owner cannot tell us if the building had different systems. My suspicion is that one building is older, which we know, and had a separate system.  The other system was built […]

Fire Discussion 3

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Okay, here is your kitchen table Company Discussion for the day. Let’s take a look at what we have going on here. The two pictures say a great deal about this fire.

Remember the PIV?

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Remember when doing inspections to check out the fire department connection.  We all do that pretty well for the most part, making sure that nothing is blocking it and noting where it is for tactical reasons.  However, I have seen crews miss checking the Post Indicator Valve when checking the FDC/Sprinkler System. It is just […]

Company Training Discussion 2: Residential Fire with Exposure

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This is the response from the posting from the other day.  Our fried Fred commented with the following details: Assuming wood frame construction of main structure. Challenges: fire already past egress point at patio doors of main structure. Exposure of propane tank in backyard. Possible hazardous storage in garage. Garage may be block construction. 1st […]

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