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Firefighting Operations in Mid-Rise Office Buildings

Wednesday, April 26
Firefighters in many suburban areas are starting to encounter a new type of structure in their response areas: the mid-rise office building, often being erected seemingly overnight in newly created 'office parks' in what was last week a corn field. This class will describe the features of these structures, the difficulties that these features create, and the tactics needed to deal safely with a working fire in one of these occupancies. Topics include what is a 'mid-rise'; common deficiencies; tactical differences between residential and office occupancies; hoseline selection, stretching, and placement; stair types; identification and uses; and office building fire scenario.'
John Norman, Deputy Assistant Chief (Ret.) - Fire Department of New York