Structural Collapse and USAR

Structural firefighting differs from fighting fire in the wild. Certain structural firefighting strategy and tactics will not work in the great outdoors. One of the biggest differences is that structural firefighting doesn’t use the controlled burn, a common tactic in wildland firefighting. Wildland firefighting may also involve getting to a remote location, while structural firefighting strategy and tactics typically involve simply arriving at the right address.

There’s also the matter of time. Wildland fires are usually seasonal and can take days or weeks to extinguish, while structural firefighting rarely lasts more than a few hours. As such, wildland firefighters wear light gear, whereas structural firefighting requires turnout gear, which can be extremely heavy.

Firefighters Bookstore has put together a comprehensive collection of books devoted to structural firefighting strategy and tactics. Among the collection’s highlights:Collapse Operations for First Responders

  • “Collapse Operations for First Responders” discusses in detail the common warning signs of structural collapse and what to do when they are encountered, covering various collapse rescue situations. Discussion focuses on wood and brick-and-joist buildings, known as URM (unreinforced masonry) construction. It also covers 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. 

  • “Structural Fire Fighting Initial Strategy and Tactics, 2nd Edition” provides tools to achieve maximum productivity under adverse fireground conditions. The 2nd edition  revision covers NIMS and all current applicable NFPA statistics and standards. New material includes a greatly expanded section on size-up, significant content on conflagrations and group fires, an extensive discussion of occupancy types, and more. This edition uses real-world examples to reinforce chapter concepts and includes student exercises based on real scenarios.

  • “Technical Rescue Operations, Vol. 2: Common Emergencies” is focused on managing and conducting rescues in the normal course of operations of fire-rescue agencies, including technical rescues. Also explains how to handle more complex and large-scale rescue operations that challenge responders to apply solid rescue principles for longer periods of time, with the assistance of additional resources and multi-agency command. Contains many examples of best practices. This is the second in a three-volume series.

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