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June 7th - 9th 2024, Wolfville, Nova Scotia


"Building on Fire; Taking it to the Streets of Wolfville"

Chief Christopher J. Naum,

SFPE Chief of Training, Command Institute  

Saturday Afternoon13:00 - 14:30 

Saturday Afternoon15:00 - 16:30 


Buildings on Fire; Taking it to the Streets Reading Buildings – Wolfville

Presenting the signature Reading the Buildings program taking the classroom to the streets with insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building size-up and assessment, construction, architecture and engineering and that directly impact firefighting and command operations at structure fires. A discussion of emerging trends in Building Construction Systems, incorporating the Building FACTS model for First-Arriving; Construction, Tactics and Safety with street insights on Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials, Design, fire protection and Fire Dynamics will be presented in this dynamic street level program. This unique program will consist of a walking tour on select Streets along Main Street in Wolfville, Reading Buildings and developing Size-up skills looking at a variety of building types, occupancies & risks and vintage and era of structures, discussing operations, risks and building hazards with curb side conversation. This will be a consolidate short version program open to all ranks and experience levels.


Chief Christopher J. Naum, SFPE Chief of Training, Command Institute| Center for Fireground Leadership Technical Consultant, NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program Fireground Command & Operations Consultant A 49-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national and international instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, a distinguished authority on building

construction sciences affecting fireground operations, command and tactics, he has traveled extensively throughout the USA and

globally delivering training programs on building construction & architecture sciences and firefighting, fireground leadership, command management and operational safety for over thirty-seven years. He is a sought-after national keynote speaker, instructor and presenter and has served as an FDIC International General Session Keynote speaker and National Fire Academy Adjunct Instructor.