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Are You Ready as an Incident Commander when your Firefighters "Press Their MAYDAY Button"?
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Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

Tragedy in Sheepshead Bay

Voids and Large Spans Need To Be Recognized38 years ago today August 2, 1978 on a warm summer morning in Brooklyn, New York a collapse occurred which claimed the lives of six FDNY members. Over thirty more were injured according to news reports and while the years have passed just like any other major event in our profession the members’ legacies and the lessons learned should never be forgotten but sadly most members many of whom weren’t even born have no clue as to what took place. If one of…See More
Aug 1
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Recognize the Signs of Possible Wall Collapse

“Sign, sign, everywhere a signBlockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind      Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?”FIve Man Electrical Band c.1971The above is a part of the chorus from a song from the early seventies, if you want to Google or fact check feel free and even better, play it while you are reading this blog which is a quick reminder of a hazard many young firefighters fail to recognize but one that must be considered especially on the older Type III constructed…See More
Jul 18
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

The Main Street MAYDAY...

Thinking your three or four member rapid intervention team will suffice when combating a fire in an ordinary construction group of attached structures can be compared to “fool’s gold".…See More
Jun 5
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

Corner Buildings & Vacant Lots Beware!

The engine rounded the corner on a quiet ride back after a late Sunday run and as the new firefighter looked at the rows and rows of "old" buildings he asked the acting Lieutenant what was on the corner vacant lot now filled in with gravel and weeds, "I have no idea kid, let's worry about dinner" was his quick response back. The rest of the day went by quietly and the young firefighter forgot about his inquiry, a week later the crew was fast asleep in their recliners and the young firefighter…See More
May 24
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MAYDAY Simulation Exercise II

Here is a simulation of a MAYDAY occurring in a Type III "Main Street" building, we do so much to try and avoid a MAYDAY and rightfully so, but how much does a command chief work on as far as preparation? I cringe when I hear fellow command level officers state that they are prepared to face a MAYDAY, no one is totally prepared no matter how experienced and confident one may be.There are so many scenarios that could occur such as collapse, disorientation, flashover, etc. and an easy way to at…See More
Apr 1
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

MAYDAY Simulation Exercise

Are you ready for the MAYDAY? whether in command or as a company officer/firefighter, we must practice our mental approach and involve scenarios in the classroom that enables members to go through the event mentally not just the physical rescue knowledge such as R.I.T. operations. If you are an incident commander, search out audio from MAYDAY events and utilize the same simulation exercises you train your members on size up for the mental approach to our worse case scenario on the…See More
Mar 6
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Feb 21
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

A Legacy Tip that Could Save the Modern Company

We all know just how dangerous basement and cellar fires can be and the hazards are even more pronounced in a commercial building, an old tip that saved many lives fifty years ago needs to be reminded as a modern tip in today's fire environment. October 17, 1966 was one of the FDNY's darkest days prior of course to September 11th, 2001, for on that day twelve firefighters perished when a floor collapse occurred in an Ordinary Constructed building on 23rd Street in Manhattan.When encountered…See More
Feb 20

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Lives in:
Elyria, Ohio
Department:
Elyria Fire
Title/rank:
Assistant Chief
Years of public service:
27
Agency structure:
Paid fire department

Joseph Pronesti's Blog

Tragedy in Sheepshead Bay

Voids and Large Spans Need To Be Recognized

38 years ago today August 2, 1978 on a warm summer morning in Brooklyn, New York a collapse occurred which claimed the lives of six FDNY members. Over thirty more were injured according to news reports and while the years have passed just like any other major event in our profession the members’ legacies and the lessons learned should never be forgotten but sadly most members many of whom weren’t…

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Posted on August 1, 2016 at 9:00pm

Recognize the Signs of Possible Wall Collapse

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

      Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?”

FIve Man Electrical Band c.1971

The above is a part of the chorus from a song from the early seventies, if you want to Google or fact check feel free and even better, play it while you are reading this blog which is a quick reminder of a hazard many…

Continue

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 4:11pm

The Main Street MAYDAY...

Thinking your three or four member rapid intervention team will suffice when combating a fire in an ordinary construction group of attached structures can be compared to “fool’s gold".…

Continue

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 6:50pm

Corner Buildings & Vacant Lots Beware!

The engine rounded the corner on a quiet ride back after a late Sunday run and as the new firefighter looked at the rows and rows of "old" buildings he asked the acting Lieutenant what was on the corner vacant lot now filled in with gravel and weeds, "I have no idea kid, let's worry about dinner" was his quick response back. The rest of the day went by quietly and the young firefighter forgot about his inquiry, a week later the crew was fast asleep in their recliners and the young…

Continue

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 8:00pm

MAYDAY Simulation Exercise II

Here is a simulation of a MAYDAY occurring in a Type III "Main Street" building, we do so much to try and avoid a MAYDAY and rightfully so, but how much does a command chief work on as far as preparation? I cringe when I hear fellow command level officers state that they are prepared to face a MAYDAY, no one is totally prepared no matter how experienced and confident one may be.

There are so many scenarios that could occur such as collapse, disorientation, flashover, etc. and an easy…

Continue

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 7:30am

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At 7:02pm on March 3, 2010, Frank Ricci said…
Captain,
Check out and sign up for our group, Tactical Building Blocks, we could use your input.
At 12:55pm on May 2, 2008, Brian Harting said…
Is it time yet to update your title to Chief....LOL
 
 
 

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