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Know What’s Around You

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This picture is of a mutli-family complex that is completely built of light-weight wood frame.  It is important for you know what is being built in your jurisdiction and to plan how you will handle an incident at these locations. Depending on what jurisdiction your in, this building may not be required to be sprinklered […]

Cocoanut Grove Anniversary

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On Novemeber 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub was full of friends and family celebrating the holiday season and a college football upset.  That night would prove to be one of the worst public assembly tragedies that America has ever seen. The fire killed 492 people and injured hundreds more.  The fire was believed to have […]

Routine Preplanning

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This picture doesn’t show anything spectactular or out of place.  What it does show is what every community in every jurisdiction has; subdivisions. These subdivisions will have dozens to hundreds of houses built by a single contractor or just a handful of the same contractors.  These are prime locations for EMS calls.  Those EMS calls […]

MGM Grand Fire

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We are just a few days past the anniversary of the MGM Grand Hotel fire that claimed the lives of 85 people and injuring 14 firefighters. The facility was allowed to open without fire protection systems and the fire that started on the lower levels and the heaviest fire was on the second floor, smoke, […]

Deep Fried Turkeys

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[youtube=] Over the next few days I will be posting some videos of the people who keep us firefighters busy over the holidays. I am sure we will all run into some of these deep fried turkeys in the coming weeks.

Vintage Photos

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Just some old photos I have from our local fire department. I will post more every so often. I think they are really cool. Don’t forget your past and remember those who came before us.

What Bad Could Happen Here?

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This is an example of poor judgment. The firefighter in the door must have an SCBA on. There is still smoke pushing and you never know when that front room could light off. If this room would flash or even quickly push smoke and heat the full length of the door, this firefighter is in […]

Overhangs, Concealed Spaces, Facades

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Here is a look at a concealed space on a mercantile building that is being added on to. This is not built into the building, but hangs on the outside. Fire can race through here and collapse on firefighters entering and leaving the building during suppression operations. Care must be taken to open this space […]

How Could They Think This was Okay?

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Okay, this morning I’m taking my kids to school and I have to pass this new McDonald’s in our jurisdiction. I have done inspections and the plan review, so I know what is supposed to be happening here. As I pass by I look to the left to see the progress and I see this. […]


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