Imagers and Trusses, Who's your friend?
I attended a two day lecture series in N.Y.C. last week put on by the F.D.N.Y. and found a common thread running through almost all of the 9 different subjects presented by these guys.
LIGHT WEIGHT BUILDING MATERIALS AND TRUSS CONSTRUCTION
It seams to be a fact that we in the fire service are looking at a future filled with questionable building materials and construction codes. When you combine the modern volatile fire load of plastics and synthetic materials with structural building materials, which fail quickly and easily under fire conditions, you are left with an increase in firefighter risk.
Enter the thermal imager. Iím sure our friend from Kentucky will have some input on this subject and I look forward to hearing what he has to say. How are firefighters using their imagers to detect fire in the void spaces created by trusses and other light weight materials. Take a look around your community at anything being built. How much full dimension lumber do you see being used? Around here, very little.
Hey Scott (S. COOK) Iím sure your tired of telling the story, but did your incident involve light weight construction? What exactly did your imager detect?
Thereís no doubt thermal imagers are going to help in this area, Iíd like to hear how you guys are going about it.
I know, a little long winded but this new construction really bothers me and I think it needs to be talked about more.
Captain, Metuchen FD
President, Jersey Fire & Rescue