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  • Near-Misses, Maydays and Floor Collapses

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday December 17, 2010
    If you’ve been paying attention to the latest news and on the job reports these past few days, you may have noticed there’s been an emerging trend evident in near miss, close-calls resulting in maydays, RIT deployments and self-rescue resulting from...
  • Ordinary and Heavy Timber Constructed Occupancies Training Download

    By Christopher J. Naum - Saturday December 4, 2010
    Operational Safety Considerations at Ordinary and Heavy Timber Constructed Occupancies  Building Construction Type III and IV Training Materials for the Fire Service In support of the anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire...
  • Operational Integrity and Command Fortitude

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday December 3, 2010
    Today December 3, 2010 marks the 11th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that resulted in the line of duty death of six courages brother firefighters.     For those of you who remember this event, take the time to reflect and...
  • Occupancy Performance and Tactical Patience

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday October 22, 2010
    Today’s incident demands on the fireground are unlike those of the recent past, requiring incident commanders and commanding officers to have increased technical knowledge of building construction with a heightened sensitivity to fire behavior, a...
  • Rules of Engagement 2010

    By Christopher J. Naum - Thursday September 2, 2010
    Rules of Engagement Project; Increasing Firefighter Survival Developed by the Safety, Health and Survival Section International Association of Fire Chiefs The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is committed to reducing firefighter...
  • Remembrance FDNY; Brooklyn Box 3300 August 2, 1978

    By Christopher J. Naum - Sunday August 1, 2010
    Waldbaum’s Supermarket Fire and Collapse FDNY 1978   The Waldbaum Super market fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978, thirty two years ago. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket...
  • 3*4*3 Reports

    By Christopher J. Naum - Saturday July 31, 2010
    I recently posted an article on CommandSafety.com that addressed a series of Major Influencing Fire Service Reports, Issues and Focus areas that should be on your radar screen . This was also the theme at the premiere of Taking it to the...
  • In Search of Tactical Patience

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday June 18, 2010
    Today commemorates the anniversary of the Sofa Superstore fire in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine firefighters lost their lives while engaged in aggressive interior operations at a commercial building occupied and operating as a...
  • From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday May 21, 2010
    From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety I started this article with the title “From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety”; I still find it...
  • The Predictability of Performance In Structures during Suppression Operations

    By Christopher J. Naum - Wednesday March 17, 2010
    The essence of fire service suppression operations is predicated upon the deployment and application of water as an extinguishing agent, in sufficient quantities, location and duration to extinguish a fire within an enclosed structural compartment. The...