What’s Your Take?

I spend a lot of time looking at buildings and thinking about "how would I do this or that" and what kinds of challenges would exist should a fire happen.  It drives my wife nuts! You know what I mean? You go to an establishment or an event and you are looking around for exits, sprinklers, fire alarms and just the general layout of the building.

It is good for us to identify these different characteristics on a frequent basis. Even if it isn't in your area, I believe it keeps you sharp. It's like practicing all of the things you have learned in your head.  Granted, you aren't manipulating a tool or pulling a line, but you can do all of those things in your head.  What would you do with this type of door? How about this wierd little addition and the ventilation problems that it poses? These are all considerations you can do any time and any where.

Here a few pictures from a recent trip to Nashivelle, TN.  We were walking back from LP Field after the half-marathon and this building was right next to the pedestrian bridge we were on.  I stopped and started taking pictures and thinking. Of course I got behind and my wife had to explain to everyone else in the group that I was a just a wierd firefighter who does this all of the time.

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Take a look and share what you see and all of the different considerations and challenges that could be recognized during a fire in this buillding.

Take care and train hard.

Jason

1 Comment

  • Nate Q. says:

    Interesting building. 
    From several of the pics, it looks like there was another building attached to this at some point (before being taken down to accomodate the pedestrian bridge maybe?).  There is a definite difference in the weathering of the top floor brick than the rest of the building, along with what appears to be remnants of sealant/stucco/flashing ? at sill level of the top floor.  It also looks like the building has been partially restored and occupied, as evidenced by the new windows on the lower floors in photo 8, which makes noticing all of the characteristics in the other photos very important during a fire incident. 
    Good find, and thanks for sharing it.

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Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal with the Sullivan Fire Protection District, a combination department, and a career firefighter/paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County.
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