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Author Mike Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in both the fire service and construction industries, this text emphasizes the impact that an understanding of the principles of building construction has on firefighting strategy. It explains building materials and processes that are involved in the construction of structures and provides students with the knowledge required to operate safely and effectively within residential or commercial buildings. Discussions of actual incidents experienced by the author and case studies containing critical thinking questions give students a better understanding of what to expect in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131172517
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Brady Fire Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Loads and Other Forces

Introduction

Dead and Live Loads

Stress

Deformation

Wind Load

Snow Load

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes

Forces

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 2: Plans and Codes

Introduction

Building Codes

Code Development

International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings (CABO)

Occupancy Classifications

Fire Resistance and Flame Spread

Plans and Blueprints

Types of drawing plans

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 3: Building Materials: Stone, Masonry, Steel, Concrete, and Wood

Introduction

Stone

Granite

Limestone

Sandstone

Marble

Masonry

Clay Brick

Concrete Masonry Units

Mortar

Masonry and Safety

Strategies for Safety

Steel

Iron Manufacturing

Steel Making Processes

Concrete Construction

History

Portland Cement

Mixing

Pouring or Placing

Finishing

Curing

Wood

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 4: Building Components

Introduction

Foundations

Walls

Types of Walls

Exterior Wall Coverings

Interior Wall Coverings

Plaster

Wood Paneling

Roof

Floors

Ceilings

Suspended Ceilings

Doors and Windows

Windows

Stairs

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 5: Building Systems

Introduction

Residential

Plumbing

Drain System

Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC)

Insulation

Electricity and Lighting

Commercial

Plumbing

Plumbing System Materials

Electricity

HVAC

Fire Protection

Elevators

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 6: Building Construction Types

Introduction

Type I

Fire Ratings

HVAC System and Smoke Movement

Exterior Walls

Roof Assembly

Stairs

Type II

Main Structural Members

Roofs and Floors

Type III

Type IV

Type V

Trusses

Hybrids

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 7: Trusses

Introduction

Truss Basics

Wooden Trusses

Steel Trusses

Truss Failures

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 8: Size-Up

Introduction

Phases of Size UP

Phase I: Pre-Incident Information

Phase II: Arrival

National Academy Fire Flow Formula

Phase III: Ongoing

Developing Size-Up Skills

Post Incident Analysis of Size-Ups

Triangle of Potential

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 9: Collapse

Introduction

Mechanisms of Collapse

Human-caused Mechanisms

Weather-caused Mechanisms

Types of Collapses

Pancake Collapse

V Shape Collapse

Lean-to Collapse

Tent Collapse

Inward/Outward Collapse

90 Degree Collapse

Curtain Fall Collapse

Parapet Wall Collapse

Lean Over Collapse

90 Degree (Wooden) Collapse

Inward/Outward (Wooden) Collapse

Collapse Potentials of Buildings by Type

Type I: Fire Resistive

Size-up

Type II: Non-Combustible

Size-up

Type III: Ordinary

Size-up

Type IV: Heavy Timber

Size-up

Type V: Wood Frame

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 10: Command of Collapse Incidents

Introduction

Rapid Scene Assessment

Operational Phases

Command Structure

Command Staff

Logistics

Unified Command

Levels of Capability

Construction Classification

Operational Capability

Tiered Response

Special Concerns

US & R Teams

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Appendix A: Case Studies: Commercial Structures

Appendix B: Case Studies: Residential Structures

Appendix C: Case Studies: Warehouse and Other Large Commercial Buildings

Appendix D: Case Studies: Apartment Buildings

Appendix E: Case Studies: Churches

Appendix F: Case Studies: Restaurants and Bars

Appendix G: Case Studies: Townhouses and Rowhouses

Appendix H: Case Studies: High Rise Buildings

Appendix I: Weights of Materials and Systems for Structural Collapse

Appendix J: Useful Conversion Factors

Glossary

Index

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