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Collapse of Burning Buildings: A Guide to Fireground Safety 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1593702337
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About the Author

Vincent Dunn is Deputy Chief (Ret.), Fire Department of New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Fire Engineering Books & Videos; 2 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593702337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593702335
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By gilbert pena on May 21, 2013
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I enjoyed reading Vincent Dunn's second edition. The first and second edition were both written in a straight foward style without trying to over complicate basic notions and without including irrelevant information. In the second edition, I found it interesting to see a slight philosophical transformation towards giving defensive attacks more consideration and attention as a viable option...with emphasis on safety and conveying what is truly important in the grand scheme. Unfortunately, this book has an abundance of grammatical and punctuation errors...which makes reading into a choppy slow process. Poor editing is my only complaint. However, I am still an advocate of Vincent Dunn's thoughts and tactics.
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THE book on structural collapse. Chief Dunn knows more about building construction than contractors that build them. Make sure you get the updated edition that covers 9/11. Every firefighter should read this for their own safety- things highlighted about the integrity of structural members and what compromises them could have only been learned from experience and Chief Dunn has covered all of it.
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By Joe matullo on February 6, 2013
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This book is great to understand construction of buildings and how fire effects them. Even with the ever changing hybrid world of construction this book will hit all major points.Even the stories before the chapter could possibly be promotional senerios.This newest edition has all the same as the one before it, the only new section is about WTC. and few added details in each chapter.
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The worst editing I have ever seen.
It was almost like I was reading 4 of his other books cut-copied-pasted to make one this book. Multiple times I found redundant paragraphs, run on sentences, (due to copying and pasting text together).
It is nothing against Chief Dunn, this is Penwell's screwup.
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By KC on February 20, 2014
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This book was for a promotional exam and one of the best i have read. Its is loaded with information and there is a lot to learn, this should be in every firefighters library
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Even if you have read (and reread) the first edition of this book, buy this and read it again. Should be on every officer exam reading list. Well written and so informative.
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Great, possibly life saving information. Short, to the point. I wish all required fire service books were written in the style of Chief Dunn!

Thank you Chief!
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By lb2lb on February 19, 2012
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This is a great book that all firefighters & building contractors should have, it opens your eyes to the hazards of all building construction types.
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