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Changes in High-Rise Buildings: Is It Time to Change Your Procedures?

04/01/2013
BY BILL GUSTIN In the fire protection field, few things stay the same for very long. This is particularly true with codes and standards governing high-rise buildings and their fire suppression systems. Fire departments should frequently assess the relevance of their standard operating procedures (SOPs)/guidelines (SOGs) to ensure that they reflect changes in codes and high-rise building systems such as elevators, HVAC, sprinklers, and standpipes. Revisions should also reflect lessons learned from research on wind-driven fires and positive pressurization conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as lessons learned from high-rise fires examined in fire s...

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