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Get Them Out Safely

Due to the size and complexity of high-rise buildings, evacuation is time and personnel intensive. High-rises, both commercial and residential, are densely populated and pose significant evacuation challenges.

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Firefighter Mode for Elevators

A Firefighters Own Worst Enemy took time to create a video walking you through the “Firefighter Mode” setting on elevators.  It is vital in any high-rise event that firefighters have control of elevators and keep control until the end of ...

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Setting the Table for High-Rise Events

The key to any successful fireground operation is building a foundation with the initial first-alarm resources. This is especially true when responding to incidents in high-rise buildings due to the complexity of these structures. Whether the response is for a ...

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The Denver Hosepack

High-rise firefighting is extremely challenging in part because of the effort involved in transporting equipment to the fire floor. The Denver Hosepack is a time-tested way to divide the labor and successfully bring hose to the fire floor without exhausting firefighters. In this article, Dave McGrail walks through the process for building the Denver Hosepack.

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Working with Standpipes

When using standpipe valves during a fire attack, it doesn’t matter if the valves are in a four-story building or a 40-story building; multiple factors and issues can hamper our operations if we aren’t prepared for them in advance. One ...

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Mission Impossible?

Creating an additional water supply, or temporary standpipe, is a tactic that you may never have to implement on the fireground, but it must be one of the tools included in your engine company’s toolbox.

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Go with the Flow

The Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created a Fire Fighting Technology Group (FFTG) to research the needs of the fire service. One key objective of the group: to provide information that ...

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