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Fire Behavior: Building Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Unpredictable Fire

By Gregory Havel One thing that most Fire Fighter I and II courses do not teach is the simple fact that fire behavior is not always predictable. We can predict—probably—where the fire is going to go and what it will do—probably—when it gets there, but these predictions are without certainty. Part of fire behavior is determined by the structure in which it occurs. Is the structure combustible or noncombustible, fire-resistive or not, small compartment or large open space, rooms finished with low-flame spread or other type materials? Also, are the materials lightweight or does it have enough mass to provide some inherent fire resistance. Part of fire behavior is determined by the fuel, whet...

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