The Impact of Air Movement on High-Rise Commercial Fires

BY CURTIS MASSEY Every high-rise building breathes. Air moves in and out and up and down. It is very important fire personnel responding to events in high-rises understand where the air is going. This will give the incident commander (IC) a better idea of where the smoke and toxic gases also may be going. If you understand how a building behaves and breathes, you will have a firmer grasp on where the problem areas are going to be and where the danger zones are within the confines of the building. You can literally predict where the smoke is most likely to go and, in turn, where you should dedicate your resources to address those problem areas, sometimes even before they begin to expose th...

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