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The author, a 42-year fire service veteran, has updated his best-selling book which examines the dangers of structural failure caused by fire. This is the Second Edition of the first textbook written to warn firefighters, company officers, and fire chiefs about exactly how structures collapse when destroyed by fire and examines the subject of burning building collapse in great detail. More importantly, this book, unlike any other publication, instructs firefighters and fire officers in how to survive burning building collapse. Content: Front Matter • Table of Contents 1. General Collapse Information • 2. Terms of Construction and Building Design 3. Building Construction: Firefighting Problems and Structural Hazards 4. Masonry Wall Collapse 5. Collapse Dangers of Parapet Walls 6. Wood Floor Collapse 7. Sloping Peak Roof Collapse 8. Timber Truss Roof Collapse 9. Flat Roof Collapse 10. Lightweight Steel Roof and Floor Collapse 11. Lightweight Wood Truss Collapse 12. Ceiling Collapse 13. Stairway Collapse 14. Fire Escape Dangers 15. Wood-Frame Building Collapse 16. Collapse Hazards of Buildings under Construction 17. Collapse Caused by Master Stream Operations 18. Search-and-Rescue at a Building Collapse 19. Safety Precautions prior to Collapse 20. Why the World Trade Center Towers Collapsed 21. High-Rise Building Collapse 22. Post-Fire Analysis 23. Early Floor Collapse • Epilogue: Are Architects, Engineers, and Code-Writing Officials Friends of the Firefighter? Index
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