Monthly Archives: October 2017

Humpday Hangout: Discussing Fires in Strip Malls, Part 2

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the group continue their discussion from last month on various scenarios and obstacles involved in fighting strip mall fires, focusing on the two-story ones with offices or living quarters. The panelists each share their most memorable lesson learned fire in these types of buildings. Also, panelist Clark Lamping of Clark County (NV) Fire Rescue shares some operational details of the response to the Las Vegas mass shooting, …

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Fireground Safety: Collapse Hazards of Overhangs

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Soffits can be sheet metal, plywood; particularly “T-111” or consist of a thick and heavy layer of stucco applied to wire lathe that hangs from furring strips nailed across the bottom of the overhead. (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue photo) There are two basic types of overhangs; structural and non-structural. Structural overhangs are a continuation of the roof assembly; such as trusses or beams, that extend over the exterior walls of a building. Photo 1 (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue photo) …

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Near Miss: Post-Fire Metering for Carbon Monoxide

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue companies fought a fire in a first-floor apartment of a four-unit apartment building at approximately 0300. The building had two apartments on the first floor and two on the second floor. Approximately two hours after the fire was declared under control occupants of the unit directly above the fire asked firefighters, who were performing overhaul, if they could return to their apartment which was perfectly clear of smoke and smoke odor. An experienced veteran Captain gave them …

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