Construction Site Fire Response: Preventing and Suppressing Fires During Construction of Large Buildings

Construction sites present fire departments with a different set of challenges from those associated with completed buildings. The construction stage is the most dangerous point in any building’s lifespan due to a number of risks, which are outlined in this report along with fire prevention and suppression response. Research in 2014 demonstrated that wood buildings are as safe as those built with steel and concrete when effective fire-safety systems are in place. However, like all buildings, wood buildings are more vulnerable to fires when they lack those systems – as is the case during construction. The introduction of taller wood buildings increases both the complexity of fire protection at construction sites, and the potential for fire loss or for fire loss.