Collapse Operations for First Responders

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Fire Engineering Books, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 192 pages
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Collapse Operations for First Responders discusses in detail the common warning signs of structural collapse and what to do when they are encountered, providing a practical, hands-on approach to operating safely and effectively in collapse rescue situations.
Discussion is chiefly directed toward one of the most common types of structures around the country, wood and brick-and-joist (ordinary-constructed) buildings, known as URM (unreinforced masonry) construction.
Various types of shoring and cribbing techniques vital to collapse rescue operations, as well as void size-up, safety at collapse operations, tools used in voids, and void procedures are explored.
Collapse Operations for First Responders is a must-have resource for firefighters, officers, chiefs, and technical rescue response personnel.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Warning Signs Causes and Safety Precautions of Building Collapse
1
Chapter 2 Basic Building Construction Related to Building Failure
19
Chapter 3 Initial Emergency Response
39
Chapter 4 Collapse Patterns and Void Serch Operations
55
An Overview
77
Chapter 6 Rescue Personnel Uses and Training Criteria
117
Chapter 7 Tools and Equipment Needed for Structural Collapse Operations
151
Glossary
169
Index
181
Back Cover
193
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