Understanding the building Â– its complexities in terms of anatomy, structural systems, materials, configuration, design, layout, systems, methods of construction, engineering and inherent features, limitations, challenges and risks Â– is fundamental for operational excellence on the fireground and firefighter safety.
During the last quarter of 2010 and leading well into the second quarter of 2011 there has beenÂ a significant emerging trend developingÂ in basement fires, compromised floor systems and assemblies leading to collapse and numerous near-miss events, close calls and unfortunatly, line of duty deaths during fire operations. If youÂ’ve been paying attention to theÂ variousÂ news and […]
Â Fire Behavior Fire Dynamics Fire Dynamics is theÂ study of how chemistry, fire science, material science and the mechanical engineering disciplines of fluid mechanics and heat transfer interact to influence fire behavior. In other words, Fire Dynamics is the study of how fires start, spread and develop. But what exactly is a fire? DefiningÂ Fire Fire […]
CNN recently presented an informative piece on the continuing trends in the design and use of engineered structural systems (ESS) . CNN correspondant Gerri Willis provides an informative andÂ insightful look at something the fire service knows all too well.Â Here’s some additional information for you; According to the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA), […]