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  • The Art of the Size-Up and Risk Assessment

    By Christopher J. Naum - Tuesday December 1, 2009
    Since the early 1950’s and the advent and subsequent development of the incident size-up function, the performance of size-up at an incident scene played an important role and has traditionally been considered to be a crucial element in the overall...
  • The Wrong Dragon.....Hey, just look over your shoulder!

    By Christopher J. Naum - Saturday November 28, 2009
    I’ve commented and posted on some various blog sites on the issues related to engineer building construction components and assemblies. I posed some questions related to Engineered Structural Assemblies & Systems ( ESS) and asked if you knew what...
  • It's Occupancy Risk-Not Occupancy Type

    By Christopher J. Naum - Sunday November 22, 2009
    It’s Occupancy Risk NOT Occupancy Type The traditional attitudes and beliefs of equating aggressive firefighting operations in all occupancy types coupled with correlating, established and pragmatic operational strategies and tactics MUST not only...
  • Firefighting in the Built Environment

    By Christopher J. Naum - Monday November 16, 2009
    If you don't fully understand how a building truly performs or reacts under fire conditions and the variables that can influence its stability and degradation, movement of fire and products of combustion and the resource requirements for fire...
  • Predictability of Performance & Effective Battle Plans

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday November 6, 2009
    The following are quotes from Fire Chief Anthony Aiellos (ret) Hackensack (NJ) Fire Department, Fire Chief during the Hackensack Ford Fire, July, 1988... "If you don't fully understand how a building truly performs or reacts under fire...
  • The Consciences Observer or Activist

    By Christopher J. Naum - Thursday October 15, 2009
    The Consciences Observer or Activist. So… the operative question today is this: What did you do on your last alarm response related to operational safety and enhanced situational awareness? Do you: participate in, contribute, join in, share...
  • Firefighting, Firefighter Safety and the Structural Anatomy of Buildingsonfire

    By Christopher J. Naum - Thursday October 15, 2009
    If you don't fully understand how a building truly performs or reacts under fire conditions and the variables that can influence its stability and degradation, movement of fire and products of combustion and the resource requirements for fire...