Leadership

SIZE-UP CONSIDERATIONS FOR HIGH-RISE FIRES

Issue 4 and Volume 158.

BY JAMES MASON High-rise fires are dangerous for many rea- sons. One of the biggest problems in buildings higher than 75 feet is the low frequency of the fires that demand a hoseline be stretched. How many times have you arrived, checked it out, and reset the system and left? When a fire does break out, often there is still not much of a hose stretch because of the building’s installed systems. Most of the time, the sprinklers knock down the fire, and the fire department comes in to mop up. As these systems continue to be retrofitted into older buildings and newer buildings get constructed with sprinkler systems installed at the beginning of the service life, it is possible that there will be even fewer hoseline stretches in these buildings. This is not to say that sprinklers are bad. They probably save lives everyday. Fire companies working in a…

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