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A training MUST The FDNY High-rise Symposium

I wanted to take a minute to make sure that everyone in the community especially my brothers and sisters in the New York city area, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey all were aware that the FDNY high-rise symposium is going to be taking place on March 19th and 20th at the FDNY training facility on Randall's Island. This symposium is a must attend for anyone within 200 miles New York City!

Now as if having some of the greatest firefighters alive instructing on some of the most challenging aspects of structural firefighting alone isn't enough enough reason to attend this incredible symposium getting to visit and tour Randall's Island is almost worth the price of the admission on its own. The good folks at FDNY symposium' have put together one of the most incredible curriculums on high-rise firefighting possible.

We are going to get to hear about the recent responses to a variety of incidents by the commanders of those events themselves. Now the beauty of going to the symposium is not just hearing about it but being able to discuss the event's with actual participants discover the lessons learned not just for the FDNY but in relation to the department that you're responsible for as well!

FDNY Chief Officers currently operating as Incident Commanders will provide these lifesaving lessons and techniques. One of the most critical pieces of the symposium is going to be the presentation on The Wind-Driven Fire Study was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for Firefighter Safety Research and Development. The study was a partnership project led by Polytechnic Institute of N.Y.U., the New York City Fire Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

We all need to remember that wind driven fire fronts don't need high-rises to happen, we all remember Kyle Wilson who lost his life working for Prince George County in a two-story residential when the fire in that was fanned by high winds. Wind driven fires also a major factor in low rises ,hospitals, office complexes and schools.

To sign up go to

Topics will include:

• Crane Collapses
• Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
• EMS Operations
• Building Evacuations
• Study of High-Rise Wind-Driven Fires
• Planning for Terrorist & Haz-Mat Incidents
• New Tools and Solutions

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Comment by Daryl Liggins on January 27, 2009 at 11:25pm
See you there
Comment by Paul J Conway on January 23, 2009 at 11:40am
I will be there
Comment by Bob Allard on January 22, 2009 at 7:44pm
Looks good, and thanks for keeping updated
Comment by Art Bloomer on January 22, 2009 at 5:35pm
Looks interesting...checking my calendar as I type.......Thanks Brother
Comment by Sid Newby on January 22, 2009 at 5:31pm
Chief Halton: Thanks for the information and the week in review segments on


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