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ISO Asks for Feedback on Potential Revisions to the FSRS
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Naum, SFPE Nov 5, 2008.

Command Dysfunction & Melt-down
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Naum, SFPE Jul 26, 2008.

Take the time to Remember Two LODD events this week and the Lessons Learned
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis E Sampson Jul 1, 2008.

Remembering The Charleston Nine- One year later
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Naum, SFPE Jun 18, 2008. Fundamentals of Firefighting; Building|Compartment | Company

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Lives in:
Syracuse, New York
Command Institute, Washington, DC | NY
Chief of Training
Years of public service:
44 years
Agency structure:
Professional Qualifications:
Forty-four years of national and international experience in fire protection, incident command management, training and field operations within the Fire Service. Tactical Theorist | Former Architect, Fire Protection Engineer, College Fire Science Department Coordinator, Company and Command Officer in both municipal and industrial fire service settings.
Adjunct Instructor, National Fire Academy, MD
Former Vice President, International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)
Board of Directors; IAFC, Safety, Health & Survival Section 2006-2011
Past NFFF/EHG Firefighter Safety Advocate- New York State
Contributing Editor to wide variety of fire service publications and eMedia including Fire Engineering, Fire, FireRescue Magazine. Executive Producer: | |
Professional member grade; SFPE
Topics you provide training for:
Building Construction, Building Construction Systems for Command & Company Officers, Fireground Leadership, Tactical Operations, Building Construction for Today's Fire Service, Tactical Discipline and Tactical Patience, Lessons from the Fireground, Adaptive Fireground Management, Operational Excellence on Today's Evolving Fireground, Firefighting Operations in Large Area Mansions and Residence.
Areas of expertise:
Architecture, Building Construction; Design, Building Systems, Fire Behavior and Structural Collapse, Fire Protection Engineering, Command Risk Management, Strategic Decision-making and Tactical Command Safety, Firefighter Occupational Safety and Health, Collapse Rescue, Command and Operation-Urban Search and Rescue.
A 44-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on building construction issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building construction, command management and operational safety. He has been lecturing and instructing nationally for over thirty-three years.
His previously service included Fire Command, Fire Protection & Safety at a US nuclear power plant, over twenty years in field operations & suppression as a commanding company officer in New York and Training & Fire Academy and College academic curricula administration and management.
He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute and served as a Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He was a Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine for over 27 years and where he authored the Buildings on Fire column and Buildingsonfire series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and is a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Everyone Goes Home Firefighter Safety Advocate. A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Technical Consultant to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.
He is a well-respected Tactical Theorist, researching and developing emerging and cutting edge strategic and tactical operational methodologies, concepts and practices based on fire research to improved fireground operations and firefighter safety and is active in numerous national & international fire service agenda programs, committees and initiatives that is helping to define the fire and emergency services in training and operations in the years ahead.
Naum is Executive Producer of the Buildingsonfire Series and Productions that include the highly acclaimed website, dedicated to building construction, command risk management and firefighter safety and is also the executive producer of two highly regarded eMedia web sites on PennWell’s & that include and and manages numerous interactive eMedia programs on Facebook, Twitter and He is revamping his monthly radio program Taking it to the Streets on for and early 2017 re-launch. He has developed, authored and is publishing a groundbreaking fireground management model-Adaptive Fireground Management (AFM) and an integrated training curricula model –Five Star Command integrating building construction, risk management and firefighter safety with the latest insights on fire behavior, fire dynamics and tactical modeling and has published new insights on a Tactical Risk Management Model for firefighting operations and is preparing to launch a new methodology on Reading the Building Profiling called the Buildings on Fire FACTS process series.
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Lessons from the Fireground: Buffalo (NY) FD Box-191North Division and Grosvenor 1983

Lessons from the Fireground; December 27,1983 Buffalo, New York Five Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths

As Buffalo (NY) firefighters arrived at the scene of a reported propane leak in a four-story radiator warehouse (Type III Ordinary and Type IV Heavy Timber construction), a massive explosion occurred, killing five firefighters and injuring nine others, three of them critically. The force of the blast blew BFD Ladder 5′s tiller aerial 35 feet across the street into the…


Posted on December 27, 2017 at 8:08pm

Know your Buildings

As you're preparing for the night tour, think about taking advantage of some quality drill time; identify a building, any building and if both time and policy allow hit the streets with your company and spend time looking over the building, it's features, construction, hazards, risks and operational considerations. Remember night and day OPS have dramatically different risks and operational challenges. Discuss tactical options in the street and then table talk some scenarios back in quarters.… Continue

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 4:26pm

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Underconstruction in BC

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Brock Commons Phase 1

Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world is under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus. The 18-story student residence building will provide housing…


Posted on August 21, 2016 at 12:33pm

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At 9:11pm on March 22, 2012, Christopher Huston said…

Thanks for the add! Your sites have been a great reference tool, I will see you in Indy and will make sure to say hi!

At 7:18pm on January 6, 2012, Timothy Patrick said…

Hi Chris! That looks like it might be a Moyers Corners Rig behind you in that picture. I recall meeting you briefly just before you went off to serve on (NFPAAdvisory Board, I think it was..) That was about25 years ago or somewhere thereabouts.Anyway I spotted your name on the website, and said, hey, I remember that name, so I thought I'd drop you a line, oh, and Ijoined your forum too. - Tim Patrick


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