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Building Construction: Methods and Materials for the Fire Service

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Author Mike Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in both the fire service and construction industries, this text emphasizes the impact that an understanding of the principles of building construction has on firefighting strategy. It explains building materials and processes that are involved in the construction of structures and provides students with the knowledge required to operate safely and effectively within residential or commercial buildings. Discussions of actual incidents experienced by the author and case studies containing critical thinking questions give students a better understanding of what to expect in the field.

 

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Loads and Other Forces

Introduction

Dead and Live Loads

Stress

            Deformation

Wind Load

Snow Load

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes

Forces

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 2: Plans and Codes

Introduction

Building Codes

            Code Development

International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings (CABO)       

            Occupancy Classifications

Fire Resistance and Flame Spread

Plans and Blueprints

            Types of drawing plans

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 3: Building Materials: Stone, Masonry, Steel, Concrete, and Wood

Introduction

Stone

            Granite

            Limestone

            Sandstone

            Marble

Masonry

            Clay Brick

            Concrete Masonry Units

            Mortar

            Masonry and Safety

            Strategies for Safety

Steel

            Iron Manufacturing

            Steel Making Processes

Concrete Construction

History

            Portland Cement

            Mixing

            Pouring or Placing

            Finishing

            Curing

Wood

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 4: Building Components

Introduction

Foundations

Walls

            Types of Walls

Exterior Wall Coverings

Interior Wall Coverings

            Plaster

            Wood Paneling

Roof

Floors

Ceilings

            Suspended Ceilings

Doors and Windows

            Windows

Stairs

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

 

Chapter 5: Building Systems

Introduction

Residential

            Plumbing

            Drain System

            Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC)

            Insulation

            Electricity and Lighting

Commercial

            Plumbing

            Plumbing System Materials

            Electricity

            HVAC

            Fire Protection

            Elevators

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 6: Building Construction Types

Introduction

Type I

            Fire Ratings

            HVAC System and Smoke Movement

            Exterior Walls

            Roof Assembly

            Stairs

Type II

 

Main Structural Members

            Roofs and Floors

Type III

Type IV

Type V

            Trusses

Hybrids

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

 

Chapter 7:  Trusses

Introduction

Truss Basics

            Wooden Trusses

            Steel Trusses

            Truss Failures

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

 

Chapter 8: Size-Up

Introduction

Phases of Size UP

            Phase I: Pre-Incident Information

            Phase II: Arrival

            National Academy Fire Flow Formula

            Phase III: Ongoing

Developing Size-Up Skills

            Post Incident Analysis of Size-Ups

            Triangle of Potential

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

 

Chapter 9: Collapse

Introduction

Mechanisms of Collapse

            Human-caused Mechanisms

            Weather-caused Mechanisms

Types of Collapses

            Pancake Collapse

            V Shape Collapse

            Lean-to Collapse

            Tent Collapse

            Inward/Outward Collapse

            90 Degree Collapse

            Curtain Fall Collapse

            Parapet Wall Collapse

            Lean Over Collapse

            90 Degree (Wooden) Collapse

            Inward/Outward (Wooden) Collapse

Collapse Potentials of Buildings by Type

Type I: Fire Resistive

            Size-up

Type II: Non-Combustible

            Size-up

Type III: Ordinary

            Size-up

Type IV: Heavy Timber

            Size-up

Type V: Wood Frame

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Chapter 10: Command of Collapse Incidents

Introduction

Rapid Scene Assessment

            Operational Phases

            Command Structure

            Command Staff

            Logistics

            Unified Command

Levels of Capability

            Construction Classification

            Operational Capability

Tiered Response

Special Concerns

            US & R Teams

School of Hard Knocks

Summary

On Scene

Chapter Review Questions

Suggested Reading

Appendix A: Case Studies: Commercial Structures

Appendix B: Case Studies: Residential Structures

Appendix C: Case Studies: Warehouse and Other Large Commercial Buildings

Appendix D: Case Studies: Apartment Buildings

Appendix E: Case Studies: Churches

Appendix F: Case Studies: Restaurants and Bars

Appendix G: Case Studies: Townhouses and Rowhouses

Appendix H: Case Studies: High Rise Buildings

Appendix I: Weights of Materials and Systems for Structural Collapse

Appendix J: Useful Conversion Factors

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780131172517
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Subject:
Buildings
Author:
Smith, Deborah Ed. Steven Ed. J.B. Ed. J
Author:
Smith, Michael L.
Author:
Smith, Michael
Subject:
Building
Subject:
Fire Science
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
Structural engineering
Subject:
Safety-Fire
Copyright:
Series:
Brady Fire
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.93x8.00x.48 in. 1.05 lbs.

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