Building Construction and Firefighting: Roundtable: Truss Assembly Policy

By John "Skip" Coleman Short and sweet this month. We all have (or should have) read Frank Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service. In that text, Mr. Brannigan states (and I paraphrase) that you should never work above or below a trussed space involved in fire. Although I readily agree with the statement as it relates to working above a truss assembly involved in fire, I am not sure the word "never" should be used as it relates to working below a trussed assembly. You need to know what's below the assembly and if what is below is also supporting the assembly. Think of what was below the truss assembly at the Hackensack Ford fire that killed five firefigh...

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