ABSTRACT

Operational Considerations for Highrise Firefighting   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This report first provides a brief overview of several major highrise fires that have occurred over the past decade. […] The lessons learned from these and other highrise fires have established that automatic sprinklers are the most effective way to prevent a major highrise fire. Fire departments must work to ensure that all highrise fire protection systems are tested regularly and function properly. They must prepare for the challenges of highrise fires by developing distinct standard operating procedures for highrise incidents and conducting realistic training. […] Firefighters must rely on the built-in fire protection systems to help them control a fire and protect occupants. It is essential for highrise building fire protection systems to work properly. Several major fires have occurred in highrise buildings where fire protection systems failed to work properly, creating situations where some of the most experienced and well- equipped fire departments could not control the fires. Several of these fires presented extremely challenging tactical and logistical problems."

Report Number:
United States Fire Administration Technical Report 082
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Date:
1996-04
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Public Domain
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pdf
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