Building Construction - The Firefighter's Battlespace

Building Construction - The Firefighter's Battlespace


Vincent Dunn

In his latest book, Chief Vincent Dunn declares firefighting is a war and buildings the firefighter’s battlespace. Dunn says a battlespace is the total fire environment, the inside and outside of a burning building. A battlespace is not just the room and fire, it includes much more.

Dunn also tells us about firefighting “game changers” in this book. A “game changer” is notification of an event, construction feature or fire growth that changes an incident commander’s thinking or strategy.


  1. Private Dwelling Battlespaces
  2. Strip Store Battlespaces
  3. Triple-Decker Battlespaces
  4. Multiple Dwelling Battlespaces
  5. Warehouse/Loft Building Battlespaces
  6. Place of Worship Battlespaces
  7. Lightweight Truss Battlespaces
  8. High-Rise Building Battlespaces
  9. Fire Escape Battlespaces
  10. Glass and Steel Building Battlespaces
  11. Buildings Under Construction Battlespaces
  12. Floor Battlespaces
  13. Roof Battlespaces
  14. Timber Truss Battlespaces
  15. Wall Battlespaces
  16. Ceiling Battlespaces
  17. Door and Window Battlespaces
  18. Topography Battlespaces
  19. Structure Frame Battlespaces
  20. Stairway Battlespaces
  21. Fire-Resistive Building Construction Battlespaces
  22. Noncombustible/Limited Combustible Construction Battlespaces
  23. Ordinary Construction Battlespaces
  24. Heavy Timber Construction Battlespaces
  25. Wood-Frame Battlespaces
  26. Chronic Fire Spread and Collapse Battlespaces
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SpecificationsFDNY Foundation, 2018
6" x 9" hardcover
343 pages
ISBN: 9780986271953

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