Francis L. "Frank" Brannigan, author and expert in building construction as it relates to firefighting science, passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Calverton, Maryland. He was 87.
Best known for his book, Building Construction for the Fire Service, Brannigan was a sought after expert who regularly wrote and spoke on the dangers of building collapse when exposed to fire. His general theme was always, "THE BUILDING IS YOUR ENEMY KNOW YOUR ENEMY. KNOW YOUR ENEMY!"
Montgomery County Fire/Rescue responders were called to Brannigan's home, which he shared with his wife, Maurine. They attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead a short time later.