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McMansions: Fires In Large Square Footage Residential Structures – Houston, TX

June 24, 2019 - June 25, 2019


McMansions: Fires in large square footage residential structures
Hosted by the West University Place Fire Department
3800 Universtity Boulevard  Houston, TX
June 24-25, 2019  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

McMansions are large residential homes often starting at 6000 square feet. Because of their big footprint most often they are found with accompanying long driveways. Owners sometimes choose secluded locations rather than traditional neighborhoods. Certainly not cookie cutter in design, these custom designed dwellings will be unique, often with many levels.
The mere size of these structures will immediately demand different tactics compared to fires in smaller homes. Heavier fire loads, long hose stretches and probably limited access on one or more sides will need to be recognized.

In this program all members will gain an appreciation for the challenges they will face when battling a blaze in a McMansion. This program will address a wide array of topics including building construction features, calculation of fire load, strategic planning and tactical decision making. This program is appropriate for all fire department personnel.

Some of the Topics:
Building construction features
Access challenges
Calculating fire flows
Water supply considerations
Strategic and tactics>
Search and rescue considerations
RIT considerations

Lead Instructor: Michael Prete, Assistant Chief
Montgomery Co. (MD) Fire-Rescue, (ret.)

Mike recently retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With  over 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief. In addition to his role directly relating to fire and rescue operations, he managed daily operational and administrative issues including budget, daily oversight for 1100 full time personnel.  He served as a Safety Officer at the Pentagon site following the 9/11 attack. With national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, and Anne Arundel Community College. He currently is a lead instructor for Task Force 1, Inc.

For details:  Captain Derek Elkins 713.662.5835.


West University Place Fire Department


West University Place Fire Department
3800 University Blvd.
Houston, TX United States
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