Electricians use different colors of insulation on wire to show its function and sometimes its voltage. Get acquainted with these codes courtesy of Gregory Havel.
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Find out the dangers sprayed-on fireproofing for structural steel may pose for your department and how it impacts operations.
Learn about what to look for in fire-rated wall assemblies in Gregory Havel's first column addressing building construction issues that affect firefighters.
The United States Fire Administration announced the release of a comprehensive Web-based educational program developed to enhance firefighter awareness of the performance of different forms of lightweight construction components during fires.
This catastrophic collapse of a three-story, single-family residential structure (photo 1) is just one more example of the dangers lightweight construction poses for firefighters.
Lightweight steel framing is a common construction method that includes the open-web girders and joists, the floor or roof decks that they support, and the structures that support them.
As the scope of the World Trade Center (WTC) tragedy came into focus in the hours following the attacks, I wondered what happened to the towers. Why did they come down so quickly?
Training crews is one of the most important functions of a fire service officer. Our profession demands that we be ready for anything from confined space rescue to structure fires to building collapse.