Author Archives: Christopher Naum

The First-Due and The Building

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The First-Due: We predicate with certain expectations that fire will travel in a defined manner in a building.

The Company Officer: Ready for the Next Run?

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If you don’t understand the building, the occupancy risk and align tactics with the fire dynamics and compartment, then you’re not doing your job.

Predictability of Performance of the Building

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Taking it to the Streets The dynamics and time compression of the first-due with varied concurrent tactical assignments demands a well trained and coordinated assignment. The fire compartment, it’s rate of growth and degree of extension, the building’s structural system, resiliency, structural integrity and occupancy risk must be recognized in a timely manner and processed […]

Taking it to the Streets: Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned

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What at the Projected Operational Risks? Do they Matter? Photo:CJ Naum, 2013 Taking it to the Streets Vacant, unoccupied, abandoned and derelict buildings continue to challenge emergency response companies at incidents. It’s the buildings of Heritage – masonry construction with Heavy Timber, Mill, Semi-Mill or Ordinary Construction systems of three to six to eight story […]

The First-Due and Buildings on fire

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Arriving companies and personnel at a structure fire must be able to rapidly and accurately identify key elements of a building,

The Compartment and the Company

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Tactical Fireground successes are measured by the abilities of the Company

Taking it to the Streets: All Companies Stand-By”: Transmitting the Box for.Your Street on this Day

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The fact that at times, our surroundings do become a blur and fade into the background…

Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day

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  Taking it to the Streets: Your Street on any given Day At times, our surroundings become a blur and fade into the fabric that defines our response district, our first-due, our neighborhood, community, city or town. We tend to focus on thos…e areas that have an immediacy or frequency that defines day-to day […]

Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

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Two firefighters were killed in Chesapeake, Virginia when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire in an auto parts store and a pre-engineered wood truss roof assembly collapsed on them.

Taking it to the Streets and Reading the Building: Side by Side

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Taking it to the Streets and Reading the Building: Side by SideTodays Street view and Reading the Building opportunity is focused on a large building complex. At first glance it looks like one BIG building. However, closer scrutiny reveals there are three (3) building occupancies sharing common party walls. What gives you the first […]

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    Sizeup – Backstep Firefighter
    Situational Awareness and The Three Sixty
    [...] the first arriving officer completing a 360 check of the building upon arrival. In his article Situational Awareness and the Three Sixty, Christopher Naum makes the following statement, The effective assessment of the incident [...]
    2010-11-30 08:03:47
    Vacant Residential Building Fires Report | Command Safety
    From Waldbaum’s to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety
    [...] From Waldbaums to Hackensack- Worcester to Charleston; Legacies for Operational Safety [...]
    2010-11-19 21:42:26
    Taking it to the Streets; Redefining the Fire Ground Rescheduled | The Company Officer
    Douglas Cline
    [...] Douglas Cline [...]
    2010-11-03 21:10:21
    Taking it to the Streets; Redefining the Fire Ground Rescheduled | Command Safety
    Douglas Cline
    [...] assumptions and deployments continue to be willfully miscued. Joining Chris will be Chief Douglas Cline, from the City of High Point FD, North Carolina, a highly regarded national instructor, author, [...]
    2010-11-03 20:51:28
    John Shafer
    The Predictability of Occupancy Performance and Tactical Patience
    Amen Brother! Good Article :)
    2010-10-22 22:00:53

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