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Dominick G. Kasmauskas

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Former NFPA Fire Service Section, Director, Executive Board. NJ Certified Firefighter, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Haz Mat Instructor. Volunteer Firefighter since 1974, Capt. Lieut. and President. National Fire Academy Fire Officer II certified. Presently a Regional Manager for the Natl Fire Sprinkler Assn and a certified fire protection specialist and a certified code enforcement official in NY State.

Experience in the area

Various awards and citations. My oddest "call" was at my company picnic, in a remote area, when someone at the picnic had heart failure. While trying to perform CPR I was also giving directions to ALS and BLS to get to the scene. Every alarm is an accomplishment.

What do you like about this subject?

The dynamics of firefighting and the progression of fire sprinkler sytems in commercial and residential construction. The progression of these safety devices is making this job safer for firefighters each year.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My greatest hope is to spread the word of SAFETY and relying on your training. Firefighters cannot and must not take the easy way out or cut any corners. Each "call" you are dealt a hand of cards and you have to play what you are dealt. You can't cheat without putting someone's life in danger in this business. Profess Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are many avenues for free education depending on your State and local statutes. If every building had "competently installed, properly operating fire sprinkler systems" we would rarely ever have a structure fire. How many lives will this save? How many firefighters will still be alive or healthier? "An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure."

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There is a saying in the Fire Service, "200 years of Tradition unimpeded by progress." Fire Sprinklers in all new construction is the way to go. Firefighters, as fast as they are, cannot get to a fire faster than a fire sprinkler. We must learn to accept change in enhancing our education plus writing and following standard ops procedures/guidelines, and following generally accepted practices.

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Recent Answers from Dominick G. Kasmauskas

2013-11-05 Flammable Liquid Storage:

Bill~  Thanks for your question. I ran this through the Natl Fire Sprinkler Assn.'s Engineering Department's "Expert of the Day" program (usually reserved for members, but this seemed worthy of getting

2012-09-17 Storage of Paint:

In general, I think not. To be sure, you should be able to find (or put the responsibility on the owner) review, and to have on file the MSDS for the exact product(s) by the exact manufacturer(s).  These

2012-09-11 Storage of Paint:

George- I am acknowledging that I rcvd your question. I'll be back in my office by Fri night and will break open my fire code and get back to you.

2012-05-29 CPAT:

Daniel~  Congratulations on choosing a path to becoming a firefighter.    Firefighting, and CPAT recognizes that upper body strength and leg strength are paramount along with a strong cardio-vascular system

2011-08-31 Journey to Firefighting:

Britton~     Thank you for your service.    I am not aware that every fire department or municipality has the same hiring practices and at what level they would consider any military discharge as bad.

 

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