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Episode 73 | Ryan Pennington on Hoarder Home Fires


Hoarder1In this episode I interview Ryan Pennington about his new book Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for Firefighters. This book is the first to address the topic of heavy content conditions and the challenges they face for first responders.


Length: 56 minutes

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The latest Book from Ryan Pennington, Hoarder Homes: Pile of Hazards for Firefighters is a culmination of three years of research into fires that occur inside homes filled with large amounts of belongings. Compulsive Hoarding Disorder is a psychological mental condition that affects between 2-5% of adults. With the number of afflicted growing so is the chances of firefighters having to deal with this issue.

The book covers:

  • Introduction to Compulsive Hoarding Disorder
  • Dangers faced by firefighters
  • Identifying and Pre-Planning hoarding
  • Introduced to a new name for hoarding
  • Offensive Fire attack
  • Defensive attack
  • Searching in Hoarding conditions
  • Overhauling
  • Special additional chapter covers EMS response in Hoarding Conditions.



Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

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