Fire Prevention & Investigation

  • On The Job Tennessee: Multi-Alarm Fire Destroys Vacant Furniture Factory

    The main portion of the vacant structure was constructed in the late 1800s of heavy timber and brick. Several additions were made to the factory over the years. The present complex consisted of 13 interconnected buildings with more than 1 million square...

    Article • October 1st, 2012

  • Rekindles 10/12

    PENN YAN, NY: OCT. 6, 1912 – Late at night, smoke seeped into an upstairs bedroom in a home near Keuka Landing. The woman of the house, Mrs. Stowell, was awakened by shrieks of “Fire! Fire!” Her parrot was hopping around inside his cage and...

    Article • October 1st, 2012

  • Close Calls: Firefighters Burned In Mega-Mansion Fire

    This is the conclusion of a two-part report on operations at a March 19, 2011, house fire in Huntingtown, MD, at which 10 firefighters were injured, including four who received significant burns. Fire and rescue personnel from the Huntingtown Volunteer...

    Article • October 1st, 2012

  • Fire Prevention Week 2012: It's Time to Get Ready

    Once each year comes Fire Prevention Week. It is always the week of Oct. 9, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. It was on Oct. 9, 1871, when a conflagration occurred in the United States, now known as the Great Chicago Fire. It lasted for 27 hours...

    Article • August 26th, 2012

  • Firefighter trapped in Dive Team Emergency

    Performing other than fire-related rescues is nothing new for the fire service. From a child’s head caught in a banister to a person trapped in heavy machinery, a firefighter literally never knows what the next run will be. Because of that, we have an...

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Fire Destroys Historic Hotel in Punxsutawney

    More than 100 firefighters worked for nine hours to control a six-alarm fire that destroyed a historic hotel in Punxsutawney, PA, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. As fire conditions worsened, the interior attack was abandoned and crews were ordered out of...

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Rekindles 6/12

    MIDDLETOWN, CT: JUNE 1, 1912 – Wesleyan College suffered its second fire in two weeks when flames broke out at around noon in the Chi Psi Lodge. It was believed an electrical problem ignited the third-floor fire, which extended to the roof...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • Talking with People: Yes, It's That Easy

    Current economic difficulties are negatively impacting the fire service in many ways. Today, governmental managers can do things to the fire service that five or 10 years ago would have been unthinkable – publicly questioning and even attacking fire...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Historic Lodge in North Tonawanda

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, a two-alarm fire destroyed the historic Elks Lodge in North Tonawanda, NY. The fire presented water-supply challenges to firefighters. The hydrant grid system terminated in the area of the fire, causing pumpers to rob water...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • Firehouse Magazine Insider: January 2012

    Firehouse Managing Editor Elizabeth Neroulas talks with Tim Szymanski about his article, " The Fire PIO: How Important Is a Designated Public Information Officer? " that appears in the January 2012 issue of Firehouse Magazine . Szymanski shares the...

    Podcast • March 6th, 2012

  • The Station Nightclub Fire

     

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Learning from TRAGEDY

      Today, most people go to work with little thought of the dangers hidden around them in their workplaces. Their safety is taken for granted. It was the same 100 years ago. We, unfortunately, have not learned the lessons so painfully taught us in...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Is It Time to Start Fighting Fire With Fire?

      A debate buzzing around the fire prevention community concerns the use of live fire during fire safety training for children. There are two camps: one that argues live fire can be used effectively and those who argue it is inappropriate. While the...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Smoke Generators

     

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • The Rapid Intervention Reality of Your Department - Part 1

      The sound of "Mayday, Mayday" heard over the radio on the fireground will bring a sense of uneasiness and urgency to every fireground commander, no matter what the commander's level of experience or expertise. One of our own is in trouble. Are...

    Article • December 28th, 2010