Lessons from the Fireground: Buffalo (NY) Fire Department On August 24, 2009, 45-year-old Lieutenant Charles â€œChipâ€ McCarthy and 34-year-old Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom died in an early morning fire after a partial first floor collapse at a mixed occupancy commercial/residential structure. Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most […]
Southwest Inn Hotel Fire – 2013 6855 Southwest FreewayÂ Houston, Texas May 31, 2013 Incident Number 1305310305 A few weeks ago on Fatherâ€™s Day, while in Houston (Texas) on business I stopped by to pay my solemn respects at the site of the May 31,Â 2013 SouthwestÂ InnÂ fire that claimed the lives of Four HFD firefighters and […]
Buildingsonfire-Lessons from the Fireground Remembrance Firefighter Mark Falkenhan 30 Dowling Circle-Baltimore County, MDOn January 19, 2011, at approximately 1855 hours, a 43-year-old volunteer fire fighter died after being caught in a rapid fire progression. The victim and another fire fighter were conducting a search of a third-floor apartment above the fire, which had started on […]
A fire in a three story multiple family apartment building injured four City of Chicago (IL) firefighters when an interior stairway collapsed during firefighting operations. The building was constructed in 1927 and consisted of 5456 square feet of space with 3-5 apartment units. Built of masonry wall construction with a wood floor joist system, the […]
“Firefighter Falkenhan was a well-respected and experienced firefighter. He died performing his duties during a very complex incident with severe fire conditions and unique fire behavior coupled with the immediate need to perform multiple rescues of victims in imminent danger. It would be easy if one particular failure of the system could be identified as the cause of this tragedy. We could fix it and move on. Unfortunately it is not that simple. No incident is Â“routineÂ”. MarkÂ’s death and this report reinforce that fact”. From the Baltimore County (MD) FD LODD Report.