Front-Line Decision Making: The Importance of Building Construction Characteristics 4

Special Safety ConcernsArticle and photos by William ShouldisIn Part 1, "The Struggle for Safety," we looked at the practical steps first responders can take before and during an emergency event. The first few minutes on the scene are critical to firefighter safety and survival. In Part 2 and Part 3, we analyzed the five building construction types as described by the International Building Code (IBC) and National Fire Protection Association 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction, in terms of fire separation, strengths, weaknesses, and common characteristics. This article looks at developing a risk-management program based on building construction dangers.In this era of significa...

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