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Firefighter Safety Is No Accident

image The world of firefighting undergoes constant change. New materials are created. Building construction techniques change. Firefighters must respond to emergencies in buildings that are hundreds of years old that create a specific set of conditions, and the next moment they have to respond to a modern building with a different set of conditions. This website is designed to prepare the firefighter, company officer and incident commanders with up to date information on fighting fires in modern times. This information has been compiled by firefighting professionals who collected data from a wide variety of relevant areas such as research, training and education, code development and firefighting operations.

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Building Construction

image Every building that is ever constructed is constructed in adherence to the set of standards that exist at the time. If you go back even to the early colonial days there are buildings that remain on the inventory today one of the terms that we often use for building construction of this type is called Legacy construction. It means that it was built at a time and place in which the materials were different construction techniques may have been different but they were appropriate for the time.

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Fire Behavior and Building Contents

image When buildings catch fire, the contents create the first problem firefighters must overcome. Contents contribute to the development of combustion products that can endanger the lives of occupants and threaten the lives of firefighters. The level of contamination on the inside of a building is commonly called “IDLH”. This is an acronym that stands for Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health. Firefighters, properly equipped and trained, can enter this environment but they must be extremely aware of how quickly conditions can change in a building.

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