Father’s Day: Its Special Meaning for the Fire Service

由约瑟夫·普罗斯蒂(Joseph Pronesti)

As I grow older, I tend to enjoy the third Sunday in June—Father’s Day—more now than I did when my beautiful daughters were smaller. It’s a day on which I reflect more on myself as a person and father; think about my father, who also was a firefighter; take stock in all with which God has blessed me; look toward the future of a not-so-distant retirement; and being a great grandfather (hopefully) and firefighter.


This article is my attempt to help you remember and share these events as well as allow my own reverence to the 20 firefighters who perished them. Below are links to the audio, video and reports so you can remember and share them as you gather around the kitchen, table, golf course, or whereever Father’s Day finds you.

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The Fires That Forged Us: Father’s Day Fire, 2001


The five-story Vendome Hotel was originally constructed in 1871 at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street; it was remodeled in 1872 and numerous times thereafter, according to a very detailed Board of Inquiry (BOI) report from around 1890. A load bearing wall between the first and second floors was removed and replaced with a cast iron beam and column support system carrying the weight of an approximately 1,800-square-foot area. It was also highlighted in the report that this new support system was not tied together, and the two beams simply rested on the column.

这是父亲节的前一天在approxi 1972mately 1430 hours when the Boston (MA) Fire Department (BFD) received box alarm 1571 at the corner of Dartmouth and Newbury. The box was pulled by construction workers doing some work at the café inside the Hotel Vendome. The fire started on the fourth floor in a bathroom under construction. The fire raced upward and consumed much of the roof. At 1728 hours, while firefighters were controlling fires in the exterior mansard and cornice, the entire 1,800-square-foot area at the Southeast corner of the building collapsed, killing nine firefighters and injuring many others. In all, 23 children were left fatherless the day before Father’s Day 1972.

(1) Boston (MA) Fire Department (BFD) Ladder 15 sits crushed by the collapse of the Hotel Vendome. (Photo courtesy of the Board of Inquiry—BFD.)

In summary, the BOI report noted the following top factors as major contributors to the deadly collapse:

  1. 压力下铸铁列回答e excessively high, a result from removing the bearing wall between the first and second floors at around the year 1890 and then replacing the wall with a beam and column support system. The masonry bearing walls were, at the time of the fire, approximately 100 years old, and the mortar exhibited very low strength characteristics, both in bond and bearing. This alteration was the major factor contributing to the building collapse.
  2. 在1972年变化期间,在圆柱下方的轴承壁中添加加热和通风管开口导致额外的应力浓度。
  3. The large amount of water pumped into the building during the fire provided the additional load needed to trigger the collapse. If the residual stresses in the building, however, had been within normal design limits, this water load should not have caused collapse of the structure.

In memoriam, we honor and remember the following brave BFD Jakes:

Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll—Engine Company 32

约翰·E·汉伯里中尉 - 帕德公司13

消防员查尔斯·Dolan(Charles E. Dolan) - 掠夺者公司13

消防员约瑟夫·萨尼克(Joseph P.

消防员约翰·E·詹姆森(John E. Jameson) - 发动机公司22

Firefighter Thomas W. Beckwith—Engine Company 32

Firefighter Paul J. Murphy—Engine Company 32

消防人员理查德·马吉(Richard B. Magee) - 发动机公司33

Firefighter Joseph F. Boucher Jr.—Engine Company 22

The BOI report as well as a wonderful podcast on this fire conducted by Chief Pete Lamb can be heard at accessed here:http://firefightertrainingpodcast.com/the-collapse-of-the-hotel-vendome-an-interview-with-captain-rick-connelly-bfd-ret.

THE BOI report can be read athttps://www.dropbox.com/s/2vonftos82pjkv7/Vendome%20Hotel%20Report.pdf?dl=0

很好188金宝搏是正规吗article on renovations from Greg Havel can be read at//www.sacthai.com/articles/print/volume-160/issue-7/features/ancient-buildings-pose-pose-hazards-hazards----------------------


“我被困在地下室的楼梯上。来抓我。”Those were the words uttered by Firefighter Brian Fahey from Rescue 4 after an explosion occurred during a June 17, 2001, fire at the Long Island General Supply neighborhood hardware store at 12-22 Astoria Boulevard in Queens. Unfortunately, Fahey, fellow Rescue 4 member Harry Ford, and Ladder 163 Firefighter John Downing passed away at this fire, which is sometimes known as the “forgotten fire” in FDNY lore as this event took place just months prior to 9/11. Two juveniles were in the rear yard of the building when they knocked over a can of gasoline. The gasoline ran under the rear door and into the basement, eventually finding the water heater. When the water heater kicked in, it ignited the gasoline; the resulting fire caused the explosion of a large propane tank illegally stored in the basement causing the massive explosion.

(2) 12-22 Astoria Blvd. (also known as Downing, Ford , and Fahey Way) in Queens, New York. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps.)

The hardware store was a Type III ordinary construction building that was two structures interconnected on the first floor featuring cellars with upper floor apartments. Fire doors were blocked open to allow free movement between the cellars, which were used for storage and had an abundance of hazardous materials inside.

据报道大火在1421小时;大约20分钟后发生爆炸。福特和唐宁因爆炸的碎屑而粉碎,而法赫(Fahey)被困在地窖里,他因吸入烟雾而死于窒息。(还应指出,福特的儿子小哈里(Harry Jr.

FIGURE 1. NIOSH Report Sketch of the Buildings Involved.


Charleston (SC) Sofa Super Store Fire: The Charleston Nine

It is unfathomable that a decade has passed since this fire, which claimed the lives of nine firefighters. Ten years is a long time in our profession, and just think about how many new firefighters and officers your department has since sworn in who may have never heard of this event. When discussing this fire with them, I recommend that you do not concentrate on the line selection, i.e., booster lines or 1½-inch lines, but rather think about how the building, its contents and their influence on rapid fire spread, and the building’s construction led to such a fast spreading fire.

There are many pieces of literature devoted to this event. We all need to review the below video; listen to the accompanying audio (the first hour of the response); and study the fire spread, ventilation issues, and overall command and control of the fire written about in the National Institute of Standards and Technology report.

(3)沙发超级商店正面的最早照片,大约在1916小时。(照片由Lindsay Ackermann提供。)

(4)烟雾开始从商店入口两侧的破损窗户流出。这张照片是在1936小时拍摄的。(照片由Stewart English提供。)







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Joe PronestiJoseph Pronestiis a 26-year veteran of the Elyria (OH) Fire Department, where he is an assistant chief and shift commander. He is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Executive Officer program and a lead instructor at the Cuyahoga (OH) County Community College Fire Academy. He is a contributor to fire service publications and sites, including188金宝搏是正规吗。他将在FDICInternational 2016 titled “Main Street Tactics and Strategies: Are You Ready?”他可以接触到efdcaptain33@gmail.com.

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