When looking at this type of building we need to consider the construction type, occupancy, access and egress points and any special hazards. What are our initial resources and what should we have coming on the way? This building is four stories and is a dormartory at a college. The corridor length is 225 from stairwell to stairwell. As you look at the building in the picture, the stairwell on the right is more remote from a parking surface than the one on the left.
Remember the good old days when your commerical buildings were block and mortar or steel buildings with large dimensional lumber? Those days are long gone and it has made our job that much more dangerous. When this building is completed, it will likely have a facade giving it the look of a brick, block or […]
There is alot of this kind of construction in Western Europe, but it is becoming popular in parts of the U.S. as well. There obvious concerns for firefighters here. The load itself, having dirt and grass on the roof system, add water, snow or ice and it is increased even more. Accessing and staying on a […]
Never forget the Worcester 6 who lost their lives on Dec. 3, 1999. Here is an article that covers the incident very well; much better than I could do. Also, check out the tribute video below. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k8o11jUZF0] You can buy Worcester 6 decals and stickers here: http://www.powercallsirens.com/w6.aspx Never forget our fallen Brohters and Sisters everywhere. […]
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.