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Modern Fire Behavior

“I AM IN COMMAND” – Fire Captain Sues After Being Ordered Into Unoccupied Bldg Fire

Here is an interesting situation that adds to the ever-ongoing discussion of when we go in and when we don’t. IMO: Like much of what we do-it depends on size up, conditions, immediately available resources, and information determined by the OIC who may be the first arriving fire officer, chief, or in some cases, a...
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NIOSH: Federal Investigation Underway After Expolsion Kills Loudoun County Firefighter (Virginia)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will conduct its own investigation after a house explosion in Sterling killed a Firefighter. Trevor Brown, 45, was one of the Loudoun County Firefighters who responded to a home on Silver Ridge Drive Friday after neighbors reported a strong smell. Brown was outside of the house and...
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Hawaii Students Look to Redesign Firefighter Turnout Gear In Hopes of Creating Chemical-Free Gear

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Braving dangerous conditions and temperatures that can surpass 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, firefighters need gear that can protect them, but research from a group of students from the University of Hawaii found that their current suits could be harmful. Under layers of protective gear, firefighters are able to go into some of the...
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UPDATE: VIRGINIA FIREFIGHTER TREVOR BROWN DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY, Updated Radio Traffic

As you know, there was an explosion at a residence in Sterling (Loudoun County, VA) that resulted in the loss of one of the Loudoun County Combined Fire & Rescue members and injuries to multiple fire and rescue personnel. The fallen firefighter has been identified as Firefighter Trevor Brown (pictured) of the Sterling Volunteer Fire...
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SEARCHING ALONE AT FIRES

Illinois OSHA inspectors have warned* Chicago’s Mayor Brandon Johnson to improve firefighter safety after finding major breakdowns in communication at scenes where Firefighters have died, including a fire that left a rookie dead. The Illinois Division of Occupational Safety and Health sent a strongly worded letter* to Johnson that the CFD must make it “standard...
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HOW AND WHY THIS CHICAGO FIREFIGHTER DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY: REPORT

The following report summary (and report) is a great tool for any department to use as a template in determining “could this happen here?”…and use it for our own policy and related training development. The greatest way to honor FF Plummer’s supreme sacrifice is, by all of us, to learn what happened and aggressively apply the lessons...
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