Building Construction: Methods and Materials for the Fire Service / Edition 2

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Building Construction, 2e

Michael Smith

The understanding and knowledge of building construction is critical for all firefighters strategy and safety. As the construction of new buildings and the materials used to build them continues to evolve, the need for fire service professionals to have up-to-date resources is more critical than ever. This second edition text is written to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum guidelines and outcomes, and incorporates the most recent NFPA Standards. The author, who ascended the ranks in the fire service for 35 years, and also served 30+ years in the construction industry as a master builder, brings his insight and unique experience to the many facets of construction that only someone who has constructed buildings would know. Along with key terms and review questions, a multitude of new features are also incorporated, including “Building Green”, which addresses the impact that “going green” has had in the building industry, as well as “Firehouse Discussion” which examines the role that a building can have on the outcome of an incident.

Features Include:

  • Up-to-Date information meeting the FESHE guidelines for Building Construction
  • Brand new material on lightweight buildings, elevator systems, windows and doors installed to thwart terrorism and much more…
  • Expanded information on trusses to include manufactured products and assemblies
  • New “First Response” feature that centers in on various building occupancies
  • New “Firehouse Discussion” that reflects the author’s vast experiences as well as allows readers to apply that knowledge if presented with similar circumstances
  • Full Online Courseware available
  • Thoroughly updated full color art program
  • Introduction, Key Terms, and End of Chapter Review Questions throughout to reinforce learning and retention of key concepts
  • New ResourceCentral solution offering unique book-specific online resources for both students and instructors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137083787
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Series: MyFireKit Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 726,140
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Smith worked for over 35 years with the fire service, retiring at the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. He has also worked for over 30 years in the construction industry, because very few firefighters made enough money to work only one job.

He holds an A.S. degree in Fire Science; a B.S. degree in Construction Management; and an M.A. degree in Fire and Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officers Program at the National Fire Academy. He is also a Certified Municipal Manager from George Washington University.

He is currently involved with Lecturing, Consulting, and Emergency Management for the Federal Government and the US Military. He can be reached through the publisher.

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Table of Contents

  1. Load and Other Forces
  2. Plans and Codes
  3. Building Materials: Stone, Masonry, Steel, Concrete and Wood
  4. Building Components
  5. Building Systems
  6. Building Construction Types
  7. Trusses and Other Manufactured Assemblies
  8. Size-up
  9. Collapse
  10. Command of Collapse Incidents
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