Collapse of Burning Buildings: A Guide to Fireground Safety

Learn how to protect yourself from collapse by understanding why it occurs and the signs that lead to it. Dunn reviews general building design and construction methods, along with the types of collapse that may occur. He also documents hazards that occur with master stream operations and buildings under construction. Contents: General collapse information Constructive terms of building design Building construction: Firefighting problems and structural hazards Masonry wall collapse Collapse dangers of parapet walls Wood floor collapse Lightweight steel roof collapse Lightweight wood truss collapse Ceiling collapse Stairway collapse Fire escape collapse Wood-frame building collapse Collapse hazards of buildings under construction Collapse caused by master stream operation Search and rescue at a building collapse Safety precautions prior to collapse Post-fire analysis Appendix: Post-fire analysis.