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Taxpayer Fires – Norwalk, CT

August 8 - August 9


Taxpayer Fires

August 8 and 9, 2017  – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Norwalk CT

About the program

Often having a commercial occupancy on the first floor and living quarters in the floor above, taxpayers can be found in most communities. Most often these structures are common on the “Main Street” in many communities.

Depending on the area of the country a basement often used for storage for the first floor business can be expected. A fire in a taxpayer presents several concerns. Life hazards on both floors can be expected, complicated by heavy fire loads in the basement and first floor. Often these structures will only have access on Sides A and C with fire spreading vertically and horizontally quickly.

This program will provide the student with a wealth of knowledge regarding construction features, fire spread paths, strategic and tactical decision making while maintaining continuous situational awareness. Various case studies will be reviewed. In-classroom fire ground simulation scenarios will provide participant  with a realistic view of a taxpayer fire.

Lead Instructor: Billy Hines, Battalion Chief, FDNY (ret.)

Billy is a retired Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).  His FDNY career spanned over 27 years. As a Captain, he chaired a committee that researched and created an SOP for operations in buildings of light weight construction.  His assignment as a Chief brought him to Manhattan to supervise operations in one of the most high profile areas of the city.

One of several sensitive landmark sites in his district was Penn Station and its associated tunnel system where he formalized and coordinated response and operational procedures. He was a member of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team.

Chief Hines is currently a Senior Instructor for the National Transit Institute, an educational subsidy of the Federal Transit Administration, who provides safety and educational programs for transportation agencies.

Enroll at  For more information contact:  Captain Chris Cummings  at


August 8
August 9
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Norwalk Fire Department


Norwalk Fire Department
121 Connecticut Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854 United States
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