Structure fires typically have a similar response from the fire department that include engines, ladder trucks, rescue squads, chief officers, and an EMS unit, each of which will have specific initial assignments. The actual response and assignments will vary between fire departments.
It is not unusual for some fire departments to have a pre-determined mobilisation plan for when a fire incident is reported in certain structures in their area. This plan may include mobilising the nearest aerial firefighting vehicle to a tower block, or a foam-carrying vehicle to structures known to contain certain hazardous chemicals.
Typically used in high-rises. The material comprising the structure is either inherently able to withstand significant exposure to fire (concrete), or in which a fire resistive covering is applied to steel structural members.
Type II: Non-combustible
Typically used in strip shopping center malls. Roofs are constructed out of steel rafters.
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In a recent study, conducted by American Survey CO, for the period of 2005 - 2010, the causes of house fires across America were as follows:
Appliances and electrical (stoves, microwaves, toasters, radiators, various heating systems, small appliances) - approximately 47%
Gas leaks - around 5-7%
Open flames (candles, fireplaces) - approximately 32%
Children (there was, and still is, a dramatic decrease in these fires every year) - Around 10%
Spreading of fires from house to house - approximately 3%