Firefighters are accustomed to redundancy in protective systems, but buildings with prestressed concrete structural members may not always have that built-in protection, Gregory Havel writes.
Firefighters must assume that the supports for a fireplace hearth are unstable until proven otherwise. Gregory Havel takes a look at the underpinnings of hearths in new construction.
Firefighters can encounter a number of problems with fireplaces and chimneys. Gregory Havel examines these common homes features and the potential hazards they present.
Eric J. Hankins discusses the mission of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society when it comes to preserving fire service pride and traditions.
Modern balconies and decks may not be able to to handle the weights required for firefighting operations. Gregory Havel takes an in-depth look at this aspect of contemporary building construction.
A basic knowledge of interior building finishes and how they are attached can greatly aid you in performing overhaul. Greg Havel reviews these features and suggests approaches to removing or cutting them.
Wood trusses, a common component of modern construction, may have been modified without approval, posing a collapse hazard. Learn more about this element of building construction from Gregory Havel.
In this building construction column, Greg Havel discusses an early method of wiring buildings for electricity and which you may find still being used in older housing stock.
The most common water supply for an automatic fire sprinkler system is by a connection to a city water system. Gregory Havel takes a closer look at this element of building construction.
For National Fire Prevention Week, Gregory Havel takes a look at an incident in which the fire service had to deal with a massive situation far beyond its normal scope: The Texas City Disaster of 1947.