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Introduction To Fire Preventionby James C. Robertson
The prevention of unwanted fires is considered a primary responsibility of the modern fire department, whether career, volunteer, or combination career and volunteer. However, the fire service and others having an 'interest in fire prevention increasingly recognize that other agencies and organizations, such as health departments, schools, private industries, and civic associations, can be of tremendous help in educating the public about this important field of personal safety.
It has long been realized that the term fire prevention should be broadly interpreted to encompass arson suppression, fire safety education including personal reaction in the event of fire, plan review, inspection, and other elements of code enforcement. All of these areas are examined in this text. In addition, methods to measure the effectiveness of local fire prevention programs are addressed in the sixth edition of Introduction to Fire Prevention.
This edition has been updated to reflect current concepts in each of the above-mentioned areas. The major change in building code organizational structure is addressed as is the advent of performance-based codes. The tragic events of September 11, 2001, are noted with comments on lessons learned for code enforcers. Other recent fire tragedies are mentioned as well. Several new evaluation systems for public fire safety education programs are also reviewed. Longstanding research that has ongoing application is retained in the new edition. Chapters have been reorganized to follow a logical sequence and major editorial changes have been made.
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