Thread: High Rise
07-31-2003, 09:39 PM #1
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While viewing a different fire service web site I saw something that struck me as odd and left me curious...
There was a photo of a 4 story building with fire in the top floor apt. And the caption read...High-Rise Condominum fire. Now I haven't been everywhere but I had always seen 75 ft, or out of the reach of aerial ladders, or something to that affect in IFSTA manuals, building/zoning codes or other recognized fire service texts as the definiton of a High-Rise. There are many different tactics and considerations when operating above the reach of ladders. Never have I or anyone I have worked with to my knowledge considered a 4 story building a High-Rise.
What do you consider to be the defining characteristics of a high-rise. Are there that many different definitions out there?
07-31-2003, 10:03 PM #2
A high rise is any structure that is beyond the reach of your longest ladder!
A shopping mall, while usually no more than two to three stories high can be considered a "horizontal high rise"...considering that..
a: limited access to stores in the structure.
b: limited numbers of standpipe connections for fire ops
c: varying fire loads, depending on the type of occupancy
d: elevators, escalators, moving walkways
e: the same reaction from the people in the building when a fire alarm goes off!
f: there is always a delivery truck or someone's car parked in front of the FD conection!
Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 08-01-2003 at 09:38 AM.
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
08-01-2003, 08:41 AM #3
Not having seen it, my guess would be that there was a stand pipe system and the operations were just like a high rise.
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