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Fight the Fire Not the Building


By John M. Malecky January, 2020

Fight the Fire Not the Building
From Fire Engineering Books & Videos
Presentation by Chief Ron Kantermann

Available from:
FSP Books & Videos
188 Central Street, Suite #4
Hudson, MA 01749-1330

Price: $49.00

This DVD is one hour and 38 minutes in length. It's a classroom presentation by Ron Kantermann, who at the time was chief of the Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department. Ron has a colorful history with the fire service for over 40 years. It included serving with the New York City Fire Department, working as a chief with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and let’s just say that his resume is so long that you will just have to read about him on the back of the DVD jacket and be impressed. In any event, here is a colorful speaker with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

I met him in person when in 1996 he wanted to get a new pumper in Fire Engineering’s Apparatus Deliveries Column (which I am the author of), and I was thoroughly impressed with him. So I recommend this classroom session to you so you can expand your knowledge and stay safe.

The class addresses combatting fires in commercial buildings by using construction design and building fire and detections systems. The talk addresses survivability profiling, firefighting accountability, safety culture, risk profiling, SOP’s, SOG’s, work, active fire protection and challenges to firefighters. Though it appears to be a lengthy presentation, the time goes quickly and my attention was kept on the subjects taught and discussed.

It brought back memories of my time in the fire service and the knowledge about standpipe and sprinkler systems, other suppression systems and fire detection systems. I noted new technology now in place, which was not during my career. It confirmed my decision not to review most textbooks as I become a dinosaur and progress marches on!

There are a number of visual aids that accompany this presentation, as well as explanations of the theory and performance of the systems. It's a DVD well worth the modest cost.

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