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1 WARNING! FIREFIGHTERS ARE FREQUENTLY INJURIED OR KILLED WHEN BURNING STRUCTURESCOLLAPSE WITH OUT WARNING
2 Firefighter Hazards Related to Building Construction The primary objective of understanding building construction and materials is to apply this information to the fireground.Firefighters should use this knowledge to monitor signs of structural instability.These should be reported to the IC ASAP It is everyone’s obligation to constantly monitor for unsafe conditions.
3 Dangerous Building Conditions There are two primary types of dangerous conditions that may be posed by a building.1. Conditions that contribute to the spread & intensity of the fire.2. Conditions that make the building susceptible to collapse.
4 TermsCONCENTRATED LOAD - Load applied to a small area, example; a/c unit placed on a roof structureDEAD LOAD – The weight of the building materials and any part of the building permanently attached to it.DESIGN LOAD – A load the designer planned for in the building design.UNDESIGNED LOAD – A load not planned for.DISTRIBUTED LOAD – A load applied equally over an area.
5 FIRE LOAD – All the parts or contents of a building that will burn FIRE LOAD – All the parts or contents of a building that will burn. The amount of heat released from a fuel in lbs\sq ft.LIVE LOAD – The weight of all materials and people associated with but not part of the structure.IMPACT LOAD – a load that is in motion when it is applied. This could be a hose stream striking the side of the building.
6 Application of LoadsAXIAL LOAD – A load padding through the center of the mass of the supporting element, perpendicular to its cross section.ECCENTRIC LOAD - a load perpendicular to the cross section of the supporting element that does not pass through the center of mass.TORSION LOAD – A load parallel to the cross section of the supporting member that does not pass through mass.
8 Loads applied to structural elements as forces COMPRESSION – A force that tends to push materials together.TENSION – A force that pulls materials apart.SHEAR – A force that tends to break material by causing its molecules to slide past each other.
11 Building CollapseKnowledge of the type of construction is vital during fire operations because of the possibility of collapse.Some buildings becauseof their age & constructionare more inclined tocollapse than others.Buildings that feature lightweight of truss construction will succumb to the effects of fire much quicker than a heavy timber construction. Older buildings that have been exposed to weather & have been poorly maintained are more likely to collapse that well-maintained buildings.
13 Indictors of Possible Building Collapse Cracks or separations in walls, floors ceiling and roof structuresEvidence of existing structural instability such as the presence of tie rods & stars that hold walls together.Loose bricks, blocks or stones falling from buildings
14 Deterioration of mortar between masonry Cracks or separations in walls, floors, ceilings & roof structure
15 Signs of collapse Deterioration of mortar between the masonry Walls that appear to be leaningStructural members that appear to be distortedFire beneath floors that support heavy machinery or other extreme weight loads.
16 Signs of collapse Prolonged fire exposure to the structural members Unusual creaks and cracking noisesStructural members pulling away from wallsExcessive weight of building contents
22 Types of Construction Truss construction Bowstring trusses Wood trussesOpen web steel joistVoid spacesEngineering wood structural membersRoof structuresParapet wallsSynthetic materialsFire-resistive and noncombustible construction
23 WRAP-UP Firefighters must know and understand building construction. There are five common types of construction.Truss construction is dangerous because trusses collapse under fire conditions.Firefighters need to be aware of the hazards associated with structure fires.