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The Brotherhood of the Fire Service and the Bonds of Family

We all share a common bond that is defined by who we are and that is; firefighters. We are also defined by our families and loved ones and by the paths these past eleven years have given us; and where they may lead in the years ahead.

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Engineering Ground Zero

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presented an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial […]

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Predictability and Performance Of Buildings and Today’s Fireground

Understanding the building – its complexities in terms of anatomy, structural systems, materials, configuration, design, layout, systems, methods of construction, engineering and inherent features, limitations, challenges and risks – is fundamental for operational excellence on the fireground and firefighter safety.

Focus on Fire Safety: National Preparedness Month

September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month. Are you prepared?

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Operational Excellence

Active and Engaged: or Passive and on the Sideline?

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2012 International Fire/EMS Safety & Health Week

Have you made your plans for 2012 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week? This is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

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Defining Buildings and their Inherent Characteristics

Defining Building Categories and Systems for Today’s Fireground

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Fire Fighter Killed by Exterior Wall Collapse during Defensive Operations at a Commercial Structure

NIOSH Report highlights collapse considerations during defensive operations that contributed to FF LODD

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USFA Releases Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) Topical Report

Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) is part of the Topical Fire Report Series. Topical reports explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. The Report focuses on the causes and characteristics of fire injuries in residential buildings.

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Baltimore County (MD) Firefighter Falkenhan Line of Duty Death Report Issued

“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 “routine”. MarkÂ’s death and this report reinforce that fact”. From the Baltimore County (MD) FD LODD Report.

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