Stories

Our stories portray how the Structural Fire Management Program provides national leadership to reduce the impacts of fire on human health and safety, facilities and historical and cultural resources.

Program Highlights 2014 Intern Accomplishments

Three people stand next to covered boxes by the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial.

In summer 2014, structural fire interns contributed 4,600 work hours toward structural fire protection and prevention.

NPS Recognizes Concord Fire Department

Group standing in front of fire engine at station.

Concord Fire Department responded to fires at Minute Man NHP in August 2012 and February 2014. NPS honored them in September 2014.

Audits…Inspections…Compliance Checks…A Good Thing!

Group sitting on folding chairs on lawn near historic house.

For the past few years, NPS Structural Fire has been using an audit process known as A123 to gauge how we are doing.

“Codes and Standards – Oh, My!”

Group gathered at overlook with Half Dome in distance.

Go out to lunch and see what catches your eye as you walk into a restaurant. It's guaranteed that the regional structural fire program manager will view the place very differently.

Fire Prevention Success in the National Parks

Wooden structure near ocean.

Many parks have accomplished great things when it comes to fire prevention. Check out examples from around the Service!

The People of Fire Prevention

Joe Mazzeo (left) and Kevin Taylor (right).

The National Park Service Branch of Structural Fire created the Prevention 52 Award for those people that are proactive with fire prevention and do it really well. Only three awards have been given. Meet two of the past recipients.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Kick Off to Fire Prevention Week

Close-up of hands putting battery in smoke alarm.

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 – 11, 2014. The 2014 theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.”

Structural Fire Seeks Assistance in Recording Losses

Remains of the infrastructure of the Grand Canyon Lodge after structure fire.

Do you recall a major structural fire incident during your career with the NPS? Your knowledge can help NPS Structural Fire piece together its history.

Intern Addresses Fire Protection and Life Safety Issues

Bodie Island Lighthouse under renovation. The Oil House is the small white building at its base.

Rather than interning at a remote northwestern park, Dan Mizrach gained valuable fire protection experience at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

2013 Structural Fire Awards Presented

A group stands in front of an engine from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The Office of Structural Fire presented awards to those parks and individuals who have made a difference over the past year in furthering the structural fire program agency-wide.

Protecting Our Ghosts…

View of roof of structure with boarding covering it after damage from a fire.

Ask yourself, what draws you to visit a National Park Service site?

“Double Doughnuts and Gatorade”…

Tony Bacon and Galen Warren.

Tony Bacon and Galen Warren traveled to Boise to take part in an oral history project.

Tent Cabins and Grand Lodges…

A young man and woman perched on a rock in front of a waterfall.

As a visitor, the fact that concessions operations and NPS operations were two different entities never crossed my mind…

Preserving our Legacy…

Smoke wafts from the Bryce Canyon Lodge as firefighters work on a fire in the roof.

In order to protect our buildings, and occupants, from the dangers of fire we must first know what our greatest risks are.

Kicking Off Fire Prevention Week 2013 in the NPS

Two women in pioneer clothes work in a kitchen.

Fire Prevention Week is the first full week in October. “Prevent Kitchen Fires” is this year’s theme.

The Ahwahnee: A Collaborative Model for the Future

View of the Ahwahnee Great Room.

In 2012, Yosemite National Park and partners completed a massive retrofit / life safety project for The Ahwahnee hotel.

Ninety-Three Years of Dedication to Duty – Bidding a Sad Farewell to the Presidio Fire Department

Firefighters on a pumper truck in front of a fire station with a palm tree nearby.

The Presidio Fire Department has had a proud history in San Francisco.

First Graduates Receive ProBoard Accreditation

Firefighter Candace Miller stands near the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area structural fire engine.

A year after receiving accreditation for its fire suppression training through the ProBoard, the first graduates have earned their credentials.

Ever Had that Moment?: When Worlds Collide

A car crushed beneath a building post-earthquake.

When seconds count, and your life and the lives of your family, friends, or coworkers are on the line, what you do next can make all the difference.

Ever Had that Moment?: Paranoia or Safety Conscious?

A drab green rucksack.

A post-9/11 story in which the writer becomes nervous about an unattended backpack.

Ever Had that Moment?: All Turned Around

A structural firefighter is obscured by thick smoke.

Lesson learned - always pay attention to your surroundings.

Learning the Basics, Part 1

A structural firefighter in a helmet looks at the camera, while other firefighters nearby don structural firefighting gear.

Part one of a five-part series about the experiences of David Robinson and Brandon Penrose, two rookie structural firefighters at the National Park Service's Structural Fire Academy.

Learning the Basics, Part 2

Three structural firefighters in partial gear roll up a hose.

Part two of a five-part series about the experiences of David Robinson and Brandon Penrose, two rookie structural firefighters at the National Park Service's Structural Fire Academy.

Learning the Basics, Part 3

A group of firefighters pulls a mannequin out of a wrecked vehicle.

Part three of a five-part series about the experiences of David Robinson and Brandon Penrose, two rookie structural firefighters at the National Park Service's Structural Fire Academy.

Learning the Basics, Part 4

A group of firefighters uses spray from a hose to quell flames shooting from a set of metal pipes, nicknamed the fire-breathing dragon.

Part four of a five-part series about the experiences of David Robinson and Brandon Penrose, two rookie structural firefighters at the National Park Service's Structural Fire Academy.

Learning the Basics, Part 5

David Robinson and Brandon Penrose.

The last story in a five-part series about the experiences of David Robinson and Brandon Penrose, two rookie structural firefighters at the National Park Service's Structural Fire Academy.

Structural Fire Training Incorporates Operational Leadership

A firefighter in full protective equipment cradles a doll, while other firefighters quell the flames on a car using a hose.

Operational Leadership has been integrated into the NPS structural fire training curriculum at the academy.

Fire Suppression System Wins Engineering Excellence Award

Wall of historic home with fire suppression equipment

A new fire suppression system at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site won an award for engineering excellence in 2012.

Ho`oikai`ka - The Volunteer Fire Department

Fire engine and equipment

Ho`oikai`ka, Kalaupapa’s volunteer fire department is composed mostly of NPS employees and exists to protect both life and property from loss through fire.

Structural Fire Training Program Awarded National Accreditation

Mark Gorman and Stephen P. Austin

On January 20, 2012, the NPS structural fire suppression training program received accreditation through the Pro Board.

New Defensive Training at Yosemite

defensive firefighter training with live fire

NPS Branch of Structural Fire and Yosemite National Park announces new firefighter defensive training class.

Fire can Happen to Anyone

closeup of NPS firefighter

The people of the NPS make differences every day; on this day it was not only one of their own, but also one of the park service "family."

Alcatraz's Diamond T

historic fire engine, black white image

The story of Alcatraz's Diamond T by Tim Regan

Historic Ashes: Glacier Point Hotel

historic exterior image of glacier point hotel

Read about the historic Glacier Point Hotel.