THIS TRACK DOES NOT REQUIRE GEAR. This is for anyone that wants to expand their knowledge of High Rise Firefighting by listening/learning from someone that has been from the street to the Fire Floor of a working High Rise Fire. This class will send you home more prepared for a High Rise Fire.
Gerald A. TracyBattalion Commander (ret) FDNY
Welcome to the Ivy League
Houston Texas 1950’sHouston Texas 2014
If you were to view side by side photos of many cities throughout the US from 50 years ago to present you would be astounded. For many cities the cropping of what was considered high rise buildings was sparse. There were a handful of heavy weight structures, built with large steel columns, beams and thick cement floors. The floor areas were more compartmentalized into small areas less than 7500 square feet with windows that were capable of being open for the comfort of the inhabitants. The 1960’s and 70’s brought forth something entirely new for the fire service to experience fire and how it would behave in a high rise structure. We would now experience large areas of fire that would be more than the flows of 2½” hose lines could manage until the fuel loading lessened in time from burning. In that time smoke would become a major issue sometimes throughout the building. That fact necessitated searching areas of the building that smoke is expected to accumulate and become areas dangerous to sustaining life. You would not expect the entire building to be vacant with cleaning crews, computer rooms and the like to have peop