The staff of Fire Engineering/FDIC International is saddened by the passing of our longtime magazine and Web author and instructor Gregory Havel.
If we wish to avoid increasing the incidence of firefighter injuries and fatalities in these unfamiliar structures, we will need more planning, education, and training for fire department personnel, writes Greg Havel.
Greg Havel discusses some considerations for firefighters responding to an emergency at a facility with a boiler or other heating appliance with a discharging pressure relief valve.
Gregory Havel continues his look at the basic construction and building blocks of the structural foundations to which firefighters will eventually have to respond.
For his latest Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the combustibility of concrete reinforcements in common structures.
For his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the structural issues surrounding the July 17, 1981, collapse of the Hyatt Regency skywalks in Kansas City, Missouri, the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history until the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11.
Greg Havel reviews the hazards holes present for firefighters working at construction sites and how hole covers may factor into fireground safety.
Greg Havel looks at how building methods to reduce heat loss through and around windows may impact firefighting operations.
"Galvanic corrosion" is damage caused when two dissimilar metals are joined in the presence of an electrolyte. Greg Havel on how this phenomenon can affect building construction and firefighting operations.
Greg Havel looks at methods for mitigating corrosion in dry-pipe sprinkler systems, including nitrogen generators, and what firefighters need to know about them.