ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Anytime you have a large construction project in your response area, don’t be afraid to stop and take a look at what’s going on. A simple introduction to the staff inside the construction trailers can be a pivotal move for any officer to gain information on the construction or renovation in progress and glance at the blueprints. Meet with the site safety supervisor and assess where the standpipe and siamese will be during construction. Although a fire might be one of your first concerns, a construction accident can happen more frequently and may be a more difficult operation. This is especially true when you consider all the trades working among each other and the materials being used at these sites: steel, concrete, form work, and metal shores, to name a few. The building may have a “caged elevator” running up the outside as…

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