Drills: Fire Behavior and Building Construction

Fire vents through the roof of a residential structure.

Photo courtesy the Indianapolis Fire Department

In this roundup of firefighter training drills by Forest Reeder, he takes a look at some aspects of building construction and their impacts on fire dynamics and firefighting tactics.

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Drill of the Week: Roof Styles and Shapes

Test your building construction knowledge by identifying basic roof styles and shapes. Discuss access, construction materials, and features of each style of roof when completing this drill. Can you identify areas in your still district that have these roof styles?

Flashcard Drills: Roof Types and Construction

A series of building photos representing typical roof construction types along with some key construction components will challenge your firefighters to name the type and to discuss the hazards associated with each type.

Drill: Single Family, A-side

In this drill, you are the first-in officer at the specified building. Determine your size-up and initial incident plan functions based on your knowledge of building construction and fire behavior.

Building Construction and Fire Behavior, Scenario 1

Review this scenario using similar structures in your town and determine the impact of fire behavior on the building construction as you develop your incident action plan.

Building Construction and Fire Behavior, Scenario 2

This fire scenario when matched with the construction type offers a challenging set of questions for companies arriving on the scene

Building Construction and Fire Behavior, Scenario 3

This construction type is a challenge for firefighters as it hides many void spaces and areas where fire can travel through concealed spaces.

Building Construction and Fire Behavior, Scenario 4

This small occupancy presents itself as a bread-and-butter situation, but considering the building construction and avenues where fire may spread, you will quickly see that there is potential for a greater fire problem.

Building Construction and Fire Behavior, Scenario 5

When fire extends into structural elements of this type of construction, it adds many dimensions of fire extension and travel that may not occur in other construction types.

Building Construction Quiz

This quick quiz on building construction principles and terms will help you recall or learn information about building construction principles tied to other drills in this series.

Firefighter Training Drills by Forest ReederForest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He serves as Division Chief of Training & Safety for the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. He is a past recipient of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) prestigious George D. Post Instructor of the Year award and has been responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service firefighter training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.


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