Flashcards in Private Dwellings Ch. 1 Intro/Description Deck (5):
Due to the size of these structures, What is a major problem?
Due to the size of these structures, crowding of stairs may become a major problem. Stairs must be kept clear. The number of firefighters inside the fire building should be kept to a minimum to safely carry out operations.
What is the major weakness from a firefighting and fire protection standpoint.
An open and unenclosed stairway is the major weakness from a firefighting and fire protection standpoint.
What are the 2 types of construction used in building private dwellings?
These can be of Class 4 (Frame) construction with exterior walls of wood covered with brick veneer, stucco, asbestos shingles, vinyl or aluminum siding. They can also be of Class 3 (NFP) construction with brick exterior walls. Fire stopping is limited depending on the type of construction.
Newer construction is commonly found to be of lightweight materials in both Class 3 and Class 4 construction.
Dwellings built on sloped terrain can cause communication and operational problems. A dwelling which has 2 or 3 stories in the front
may be 3 or 4 stories in the rear. What should be used as a point of reference during communications between the inside and outside teams?
The top floor may be used as a point of reference as the difference in floor levels may not always be apparent from the front. The outside team should make this a part of their size-up. Coordination between members operating inside and outside is necessary.