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The Art of Reading Buildings


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by John Mittendorf and David W. Dodson

The Art of Reading Buildings focuses on the practical art of reading a building and applying its positive and negative attributes in developing a size-up for fireground operations that center on structure fires. First-due company officers, incident commanders, and safety officers will appreciate the practical “street-wise” lessons captured in the book. Chief officers, training officers, engineers, firefighters, and fire science degree candidates will benefit from the wide range of building construction topics covered in this text.

Features include:

  • Understand the technical and practical aspects of building construction
  • Learn on-the-spot building construction assessment using the authors’ custom Rapid Street-Read Guides
  • Develop a quick construction size-up for immediate application to fireground operations
  • Recognize firefighter traps in newer and alternative construction methods
  • This text covers objectives for the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education (FESHE) Building Construction for Fire Protection course


444 Pages/Hardcover/8.5x11/December 2014
ISBN10 1-59370-342-2

Product Reviews

  1. Great addition to my library 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2017

    Great down to earth description of building construction.
    Good coverage of modern building techniques.
    Good discussion of the hazards and strengths of different building materials and methods.

  2. Had my aTtention the whole time 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2016

    Excellent book!

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