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Large loss building fires are not new to the fire service. According to the US Fire Administration NFIRS has identified six causes of construction site fires. In order to understand the types of incidents that are likely to occur, the following causes should be considered:

  • Hot Work
  • Smoking
  • Heating devices
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Cooking fires
  • Criminal activity and vandalism

Given these potential causes of fires, the fire department has a need to conduct two different types of activities. The first is to conduct pre-fire planning on the site as soon as the building is contemplated; the second priority is a need to prepare for specific tactics and strategy if a fire actually occurs. Depending upon the timing and sequence of events ...

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