FSC 3440: Building Construction for Fire Protection


Overview of building construction, building types, designs of structures, and a knowledge of building construction in relation to firefighting.


  1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics.
  2. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code.
  3. Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  4. Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  5. Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design.
  6. Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, to include the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  7. Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
  8. Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  9. Identify the role of the Geographic Information System (GIS) as it relates to building construction.


  1. FSC 2010


Brannigan’s building construction for the fire service (Rev: 5)

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett (2015)
Author: Brannigan, F. L., & Corbett, G. P.
ISBN: 9781449688943
Price: $96.86

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