Firefighters and the Flash Floods in Texas and Oklahoma

Mother Nature is dangerous; the flash flood occurring through large parts of the central and southern Plains states, is a reminder of that. At John Michael Agosti & Associates, we send our prayers out to everyone suffering from flooding. More than 20 people have died and some areas saw up to seven inches of rain…. Read more »

Stricter Fire Codes May Come to Wayne, New Jersey

The specifics of fire codes vary from state to state and even county to county, meaning some areas of the country are much safer than others when it comes to fires. Unfortunately, often stricter fire codes are put into place after an incident causes people to rethink the current standards. That may be what’s about… Read more »

Assistance with an Investigation Involving Any Type of Gas Leak That Led to a Fire or Explosion

Late last month, a building explosion in New York City killed two people and injured dozens more. The explosion ended up leveling three different buildings. But what was the cause of this tragedy? While the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that a gas leak was behind everything. Months ago, residents of the building said… Read more »

Consulting and Expert Witness Services in Fire Department Related Cases

Firefighters often have some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs out of any profession, and while they are putting out fires across the country each and every day without incident, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes not everyone makes it out of the fire okay. That’s what happened recently in a Cincinnati fire that… Read more »

A Look at Des Moines’ Fire Code

In many cases fires are isolated incidents that involve either fool play or a tragic accident. However, when multiple fires break out in the same city over a short period of time, it may be worth it to take a closer look. That’s what some people are doing after a massive fire destroyed most of… Read more »

School Supports Security System That May Pose Fire Safety Threat

When it comes to keeping a property safe, there are few places more important than schools. Our children, and the future generations of our nation are learning in these places, and they must be kept as secure as possible. This is especially true with the rise of school shootings and other incidents throughout the past… Read more »

Elevator Use the New Standard Procedure in Case of Fire Emergencies

“In case of fire, use stairs unless otherwise instructed.” It’s one of those phrases that we see so often that it’s sort of become second nature. However, in the next few years, the Fire, Buildings, and City Planning departments in New York City, will be instructing otherwise. There are several pieces of legislation in the… Read more »

Marijuana Legalization Leads to New Fire Codes

Fire codes are an important part of fire safety for both home and business owners, and new laws continually affect these regulations and how they are implemented. Recently, marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado, which led to several new challenges for the Denver Fire Department. And while the drug is legal at a… Read more »

Firefighters Deal with Massive Icicles in Boston

At John Michael Agosti & Associates, we’re always on the lookout for interesting and noteworthy stories involving firefighters. But recently in Boston, the city’s fire department was called upon to deal with something a little colder than your average fire. Yes, instead of putting out a fire, the department was tasked with getting rid of… Read more »

Arson Still a Huge Problem in Detroit

Recently, The Detroit News researched the amount of arson cases that took place in the Detroit area between 2010 and 2013. While the results don’t include incidents of arson that happened in the last year, the study still provides a pretty accurate look at the current situation in the city. Reporters for the paper found… Read more »