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Firefighting - Under Construction: Concrete

By Gregory Havel Buildings under construction do not always give a clear indication of what they will actually look like or how they are constructed when completed. They also do not indicate how they will behave under fire conditions, how combustible they are, the location or absence of fire-rated wall and floor-ceiling assemblies, or the presence or absence of concealed spaces. Photo 1 shows wooden form work supported by “falsework” of wood and steel in place for the second floor (first-floor ceiling) of a multistory building of poured-in-place concrete. Wood beams and girders support the plywood deck on which the reinforced concrete will be poured. The beams and girders are supported b...

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