FIREFIGHTING OPERATIONS IN HIGH-RISES UNDER CONSTRUCTION

12/01/1997
FIREFIGHTING OPERATIONS IN HIGH-RISES UNDER CONSTRUCTIONBY JERRY TRACYIt is dangerous to work on or within buildings that are under construction. The construction period is probably one of the most hazardous periods in the life of a high-rise. During the construction phase, a combination of construction activity is underway that, at its peak, involves many trades simultaneously. A tremendous fire load of building materials and debris is present during a time when the building`s fire control systems may not yet be complete and operative. Structures constructed of reinforced concrete are susceptible not only to damage from fire but also to extensive collapse. Vast amounts of lumber--called ...

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