Understanding the Core

Curtis S.D. Massey examines characteristics, features and oddities of core configurations and their performance during fires, including stack effect.


In any high-rise fire, it is vitally important to understand everything there is to know about the area from which most operations will be originating – the core. This series of articles examines characteristics, features and oddities of core configurations and their performance during fires...


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Curtis S.D. Massey is president of Massey Enterprises Inc. – the world’s leading disaster planning firm. Massey Disaster/Pre-fire Plans protect the vast majority of the tallest and highest profile buildings in North America. Curtis also teaches an advanced course on High-Rise Fire Department Emergency operations to major city fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada.