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Collapse of Burning Buildings: A Guide to Fireground Safety, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Collapse of Burning Buildings: A Guide to Fireground Safety, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by Vincent Dunn


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Collapse of Burning Buildings: A Guide to Fireground Safety, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

The first book to explain in great detail how structures collapse when destroyed by a fire, this best-selling text has been completely updated. Based on the analysis of hundreds of collapse sites and interviews with firefighters rescued from beneath tons of collapse rubble, Chief Dunn instructs readers in how to survive burning building collapse. Firefighters, building code officials, architects and engineers will all find this text an invaluable resource.

New to this second edition

An examination of the World Trade Center collapse

A discussion of changes in the collapse zone

An overview of the collapse problems created by illegal renovations and the shift to the performance code from the specification code

A look at the increasing "through the door and through the floor" collapse dangers created by lightweight wood trusses and wood I-beams

A review of how Type II noncombustible steel construction is replacing ordinary construction and distorting the fire size-up experience

How firefighters can manage collapse dangers like: floor, peaked roof, and lightweight construction collapses

A timber truss trilogy case study, and NIOSH case study references

A new section covering buildings under demolition in the chapter on buildings under construction

Lessons learned from the terrorist attacks in Oklahoma City and New York City, which have changed the collapse search and rescue plan

A firefighting exit strategy for use when there is a collapse danger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593702335
Publisher: PennWell Corporation
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xv

1 General Collapse Information 1

2 Terms of Construction and Building Design 11

3 Building Construction: Firefighting Problems and Structural Hazards 39

4 Masonry Wall Collapse 53

5 Collapse Dangers of Parapet Walls 65

6 Wood Floor Collapse 75

7 Sloping Peak Roof Collapse 91

8 Timber Truss Roof Collapse 103

9 Flat Roof Collapse 127

10 Lightweight Steel Roof and Floor Collapse 141

11 Lightweight Wood Truss Collapse 155

12 Ceiling Collapse 163

13 Stairway Collapse 179

14 Fire Escape Dangers 189

15 Wood-Frame Building Collapse 199

16 Collapse Hazards of Buildings Under Construction 211

17 Collapse Caused by Master Stream Operations 225

18 Search-and-Rescue at a Building Collapse 237

19 Safety Precautions Prior to Collapse 255

20 Why the World Trade Center Towers Collapsed 271

21 High-Rise Building Collapse 293

22 Post-Fire Analysis 303

23 Early Floor Collapse 319

Epilogue: Are Architects, Engineers, and Code-Writing Officials Friends of the Firefighter? 327

Index 331

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