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FDIC 2019: High-Rise Firefighting Operations: Defining and Refining the Challenge

Your greatest tool is knowledge



Monday, April 08, 2019: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Fighting fires in high-rise buildings revolves around size-up, establishing lobby control, understanding basic building systems, controlling air flow/stack effect (thus dictating smoke migration), initiating fire attack including strict control over the all-important attack stair, sustaining the assault, gaining control over the fire while minimizing risks to building occupants, knowing how to overcome the negative dynamics of wind-driven fires (it’s all about pressures), understanding fire department connection pump operations (pump to the roof, top of zone—not the fire floor), elevator operations, heating-ventilation-air-conditioning system capabilities, and standpipe deliveries (pressure relief valves, flow restrictors). All lead to a successful conclusion to fires that have proven to be unforgiving in nature to firefighters and civilians. These fires are low-frequency, high-impact events. Your greatest tool is knowledge. This class delivers just that from Curtis Massey, a 25-year high-rise fire service instructor, and Roger Sakowich, Fire Department of New York Manhattan borough commander.

Curtis Massey
Massey Emergency Management

Curtis Massey is a 20-year veteran of the fire service and founder of Massey Emergency Management (a fire/life safety firm that creates disaster plans and mobile tech for high-rise buildings). A first responder to the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters, he trains the largest city fire and police departments in high-rise operations. He is a frequent lecturer at fire conferences and real estate organization meetings.

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