The building of distribution facilities, warehouses and big box (warehouse) stores are popping up in almost every community in the United States. It’s not uncommon to find hardware stores, grocery stores and warehouse clubs with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of space. Distribution facilities can be more than 1 million square feet. Recent history in the United State has documented several large losses of these facilities. The fire service is finding themselves in litigation in their responses or perceived lack of response to these facilities. This class is largely based on NFPA 1700: The Guide for Structural Firefighting (2021 edition/1st edition) as it applies to large-volume facilities. This class will address the importance of building familiarization, pre-incident planning, and fire prevention. This program will also discuss the presence and limitations of fire protection systems. Discussions will include building construction styles and features utilized in these facilities. Additionally, the class will look at the scientific study of modern fire behavior within large-volume structures. The presenter will discuss the strategy and tactical considerations when fighting fires in large-volume structures.
Tim Frankenberg - Fire Chief, Washington Fire Department