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  • Risk versus Gain: Operations in Vacant or Abandoned Structures

    By Christopher J. Naum - Sunday March 14, 2010
    Risk versus Gain: Operations in Vacant or Abandoned Structures Fire Fighter LODD after Being Trapped in a Roof Collapse During Overhaul of a Vacant/Abandoned Building. NIOSH recently published a report on a 2008 LODD that occurred in a vacant...
  • What do you know about Building Construction?

    By Christopher J. Naum - Sunday March 14, 2010
    What do you know about Building Construction? Regardless of your rank or time in your organization or company; what do YOU know about building construction? It’s a loaded question to say the least, since the characteristic replies run the gamete of...
  • RACE: Responsibility, Accountability, Complacency, Expectations

    By Christopher J. Naum - Monday February 1, 2010
    By now many of you may have seen the reports making their way around the internet circuit relating to the regrettable circumstances in DeKalb County, Georgia.  If you haven’t caught up on the incident particulars then check out these links, HERE...
  • Doctrine of Combat Fire Engagement

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday January 29, 2010
    Considerations for changing fire flow rates, the sizing of hose line and the adequacies for fire flow demand and application rates, staffing needs for safe operations, considerations for defensive positioning and defensive operating postures must be...
  • The Routiness of Success?

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday January 15, 2010
    “It’s no longer just brute force and sheer physical determination that define structural fire suppression operations. Aggressive firefighting must be redefined and aligned to the built environment and associated with goal oriented tactical...
  • Twenty Ten

    By Christopher J. Naum - Thursday December 31, 2009
    As we transition into a new year, and as plans begin to take place that frame and outline the year’s activities, foremost in this planning, preparation, scheduling and outlook should be those activities and commitments that training, education and skill...
  • Predicated Building Behavior

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday December 18, 2009
    When we look at various buildings and occupancies , past operational experiences; those that were successful, and those that were not, give us experiences that define and determine how we access, react and expect similar structures and occupancies to...
  • The New Lexicon and Challenges

    By Christopher J. Naum - Tuesday December 8, 2009
    Of the many issues affecting the Fire Service, the prevailing challenge that has a pronounced impact on operational safety is the assimilation of engineered structural systems (ESS) into mainstream building design and construction. The presence of...
  • That’s all Folks-It’s Not about Entertainment

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday December 4, 2009
    When we focus our attention on Building Construction, Command Risk Management and Firefighter Safety and the essence of combat structural fires; Structural firefighting is what it’s all about, is it not ? The fundamental nature and reason we have...
  • The Worcester Six + Ten: Remembrance 1999-2009

    By Christopher J. Naum - Thursday December 3, 2009
    Today, December 3, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that resulted in the line of duty death of six courages brother firefighters. The Worcester Six; Firefighter Paul Brotherton Rescue 1...