Truss Truce: Part 3

truss — A framework of triangulated forms in which all loads are carried by compression or tension in each member of the frame.I will now introduce you to three simple and effective tools that will demonstrate to your fire officers and firefighters how...


truss —   A framework of triangulated forms in which all loads are carried by compression or tension in each member of the frame. I will now introduce you to three simple and effective tools that will demonstrate to your fire officers and firefighters how a truss works. Photo 5 shows my...


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It is human nature to fear what you don't understand. Once you understand the miracle of the truss, you will discover that they are pretty cool. Have you hugged a truss today?

Share your buildings! Do you have an interesting or dangerous building in your jurisdiction? Firehouse® invites you to share your building with our community by e-mailing building information and, if possible, JPG images to mark.fci@comcast.net. Don't forget to include your name, rank, fire department, location and a description of the building. It is possible your building will be profiled in a future edition of Firehouse® Magazine.

MARK EMERY, EFO, is a shift battalion chief with the Woodinville, WA, Fire & Life Safety District. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program and an NFA instructor specialist. Emery received a bachelor of arts degree from California State University at Long Beach and is a partner with Fire Command Seattle LLC in King County, WA. He is in no way affiliated with or an advocate for the truss manufacturing or building construction industries. He may be contacted at fci@usa.com or access his website www.competentcommand.com.

For the photos 15-20 for this article, please use this link: http://www.firehouse.com/stateprovince/other/truss-truce-part-3-remaining-photos

For the photos 21-25 for this article, please use this link: http://www.firehouse.com/stateprovince/other/truss-truce-part-3-photos-20-25