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Changes in Building Features

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When firefighters become lost or disoriented we are taught to find a window or door on an outside wall. The inside of this building may feel like windows to the gloved hand, but in reality it has been blocked up.

Elevator Operations

This is a good video on operating a typical elevator. I understand that there are many different types of elevators and different operating methods, but most are very similar to this. You can have different types of keys but the systems should be pretty standard.

Repair Bay Hazards

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There are also floor level and pit hazards that need to be identified and planned for. These should be identified during inspections and pre-planning surveys.

Apply the Lessons Learned

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Above all, don’t let the lives lost at any LODD be lives lost in vain. Learn from their mistakes, but don’t be critical, we have all screwed up and been lucky enough to get away with it. Be constructive and train on the recommendations so that you don’t repeat history.

Top Ten Lists for Firefighters

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Ten Famous Arsonists This is new site that was sent to me by a reader, Monte Stonewall.  It is a site that is unique in that it provides top ten lists for the fire service.  It really is some interesting stuff.  The website is Fire Sciences Colleges. I will be posting additional lists from this […]

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire Remembered

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These factors are all too familiar.  We see the same failures in these large loss of life fires in assembly occupancies.  We sometimes take our inspections and prevention activities lightly because it is not “fun” or interesting to some.  Remember these fires and the lives that have been lost because of poor prevention measures and a lack of life safety measures in these buildings.

Cleveland School Fire of 1923

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That night 77 people lost their lives at a school event that should have ended with celebration and refreshments. Instead the community was tasked with finding the bodies of those who did not make it out.

False Exterior Walls

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Not only will it hamper rescue efforts, performing ventilation or suppression from this side of the building would be challenging at best.

Addresses on Inspections

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Then I look at my list and see the same numerics on another inspection form with a different business name. This is what I find…..

Light Fixtures?

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Now, let’s say that you get a call for an “odor of” or something similar that makes you check the attic. You pop open the hatch and here you have this.

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