In The Central Ohio Area This Weekend?

If you are anywhere near the Central Ohio area Tomorrow (Saturday June 25th, 2016) Make sure to take in this Antique Fire Muster and Firematic Flea Market. Definitely worth the time!


Thanks, Ethan Bansek


6-24-16 Run Down

Size-Up Concerns: Identifying Building Construction

Throw Back to Basics: Building Familiarization 

It’s Just A Seat!

Attacking Drop Bars

Safe? Maybe we Picked the Wrong Word for Firefighters

The Spaghetti Retrospective 

“A Great Fireman” 

Are You Ready for a Leadership Role? 

Lancaster Firefighter Injury Review

A Good Search Document HERE


Remembering the Charleston 9


“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

“On June 18, 2007, nine career fire fighters (all males, ages 27-56) died when they became disoriented and ran out of air in rapidly deteriorating conditions inside a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse facility. The first arriving engine company found a rapidly growing fire at the enclosed loading dock connecting the showroom to the warehouse. The Assistant Chief entered the main showroom entrance at the front of the structure but did not find any signs of fire or smoke in the main showroom.

He observed fire inside the structure when a door connecting the rear of the right showroom addition to the loading dock was opened. Within minutes, the fire rapidly spread into and above the main showroom, the right showroom addition, and the warehouse. The burning furniture quickly generated a huge amount of toxic and highly flammable gases along with soot and products of incomplete combustion that added to the fuel load. The fire overwhelmed the interior attack and the interior crews became disoriented when thick black smoke filled the showrooms from ceiling to floor. The interior fire fighters realized they were in trouble and began to radio for assistance as the heat intensified. One fire fighter activated the emergency button on his radio. The front showroom windows were knocked out and fire fighters, including a crew from a mutual-aid department, were sent inside to search for the missing fire fighters. Soon after, the flammable mixture of combustion by-products ignited, and fire raced through the main showroom. Interior fire fighters were caught in the rapid fire progression and nine fire fighters from the first-responding fire department died. At least nine other fire fighters, including two mutual-aid fire fighters, barely escaped serious injury.”

NIOSH Report
Phase 2 Report

Please, Do yourself a Favor and dive into this incident. There were MANY Lessons learned, and there are some great resources and information out there on this incident.

Thanks for taking the Time,

Ethan Bansek