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Control measure
Assess the building for signs of collapse

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Assess the building for signs of collapse

Understand:  

  • Building materials and design to an appropriate level 
  • How fire service operations may affect the structural integrity of a building  
  • Factors that may affect the structural integrity of a building  
  • Potential signs of collapse of buildings 
  • The preventative actions that can be used to can minimise the potential impact of a fire on the inherent structural stability of a building.  
  • The specialist advisers who may assist with assessing the integrity of a building

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Assess the building for signs of collapse

Demonstrate the ability to:  

  • Use various methods to assess and monitor the integrity of a building 
  • Identify areas for cutting to inspect the integrity of structural elements 
  • Assess the effects of the duration and intensity of fire on structural elements and materials 
  • Assess the effects of firefighting activity on structural elements and materials  
  • Gather information and intelligence about previous fire related incidents in the building  
  • Request appropriate specialist advice to assist in the assessment and monitoring of signs of collapse