Avoiding Firefighter Collapse: The Phases of Structural Compromise in the Life of a Firefighter
Date & Time
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Heather Marques Steven Slagle

A building under duress from a heavy fire load is susceptible to collapse. Inadequate ventilation, compromised structural integrity, past damage and construction materials will contribute to the outcomes. It is very similar in the life of a firefighter. Moving from incipient phase, to flashover, to free-burning and then decay, we talk about how compounded events in and out of work accumulate to lead to our own “structural collapse.” Intended for first responders in every season of their career, from recruit to retiree, we talk openly about the incidents and challenges that can saturate us, compromising our structural integrity as people. This is a collaborative presentation from an active division chief and a retired captain, with a robust roundtable discussion to follow. Please join us to reflect and share awareness and discuss techniques for building resilience and “shoring up” our lives.