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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 200 x 252 x 14mm | 385.56g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0131172514
  • 9780131172517

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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.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Loads and Other ForcesIntroductionDead and Live LoadsStress DeformationWind LoadSnow LoadEarthquakes, Hurricanes, and TornadoesForcesSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingChapter 2: Plans and CodesIntroductionBuilding Codes Code DevelopmentInternational Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings (CABO) Occupancy ClassificationsFire Resistance and Flame SpreadPlans and Blueprints Types of drawing plansSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingChapter 3: Building Materials: Stone, Masonry, Steel, Concrete, and WoodIntroductionStone Granite Limestone Sandstone MarbleMasonry Clay Brick Concrete Masonry Units Mortar Masonry and Safety Strategies for SafetySteel Iron Manufacturing Steel Making ProcessesConcrete ConstructionHistory Portland Cement Mixing Pouring or Placing Finishing CuringWoodSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingChapter 4: Building ComponentsIntroductionFoundationsWalls Types of WallsExterior Wall CoveringsInterior Wall Coverings Plaster Wood PanelingRoofFloorsCeilings Suspended CeilingsDoors and Windows WindowsStairsSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested Reading Chapter 5: Building SystemsIntroductionResidential Plumbing Drain System Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) Insulation Electricity and LightingCommercial Plumbing Plumbing System Materials Electricity HVAC Fire Protection ElevatorsSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingChapter 6: Building Construction TypesIntroductionType I Fire Ratings HVAC System and Smoke Movement Exterior Walls Roof Assembly StairsType II Main Structural Members Roofs and FloorsType IIIType IVType V TrussesHybridsSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested Reading Chapter 7: TrussesIntroductionTruss Basics Wooden Trusses Steel Trusses Truss FailuresSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested Reading Chapter 8: Size-UpIntroductionPhases of Size UP Phase I: Pre-Incident Information Phase II: Arrival National Academy Fire Flow Formula Phase III: OngoingDeveloping Size-Up Skills Post Incident Analysis of Size-Ups Triangle of PotentialSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested Reading Chapter 9: CollapseIntroductionMechanisms of Collapse Human-caused Mechanisms Weather-caused MechanismsTypes 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) CollapseCollapse Potentials of Buildings by TypeType I: Fire Resistive Size-upType II: Non-Combustible Size-upType III: Ordinary Size-upType IV: Heavy Timber Size-upType V: Wood FrameSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingChapter 10: Command of Collapse IncidentsIntroductionRapid Scene Assessment Operational Phases Command Structure Command Staff Logistics Unified CommandLevels of Capability Construction Classification Operational CapabilityTiered ResponseSpecial Concerns US & R TeamsSchool of Hard KnocksSummaryOn SceneChapter Review QuestionsSuggested ReadingAppendix A: Case Studies: Commercial StructuresAppendix B: Case Studies: Residential StructuresAppendix C: Case Studies: Warehouse and Other Large Commercial BuildingsAppendix D: Case Studies: Apartment BuildingsAppendix E: Case Studies: ChurchesAppendix F: Case Studies: Restaurants and BarsAppendix G: Case Studies: Townhouses and RowhousesAppendix H: Case Studies: High Rise BuildingsAppendix I: Weights of Materials and Systems for Structural CollapseAppendix J: Useful Conversion FactorsGlossaryIndexshow more

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