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Coffee Break Training: Building Construction: Part 1: Fire Investigations: Building Construction Types   [open pdf - 160KB]

"Understanding building construction is critical to the safety of fire investigators. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921, 'Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations,' states: 'Many structural hazards are easily identified without the need to have specialized technical assistance, but in complex scenes or heavily damaged scenes the investigator may want to consider the assistance of a structural engineer.' Understanding structural integrity is critical for fire investigators. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigated a case where a chimney fell on a New York fire investigator and killed him. NIOSH's report concluded: 'Personnel should conduct an assessment of the stability and safety of the structure, e.g., roofs, ceilings, partitions, load-bearing walls, floors, and chimneys before entering damaged, e.g., by fire or water, structures for the purpose of investigations.'"

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Fire Investigation Series No. FI-2010-1
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Date:
2010-06-24
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Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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pdf
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