Building Materials, Structural Collapse, and Effects of Fire Suppression

CEF016 – 4.00 Hours


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This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Modern fires are burning hotter and faster than ever before, leading to extreme fire conditions that result in structural collapse. This is attributed to the modern day “lightweight construction.” Over time building materials transitioned from masonry, to heavy timber and true dimensional lumber, to our modern day laminated “lightweight” materials. 

Every year firefighters are dying in the line of duty due to structural collapses, sometimes even after the fire is out. We must remain aware that the fire is not the only factor that stresses our structures, our suppression efforts have an effect on the structure’s integrity as well.

This course offers 4 CE hours covering building materials themselves and how those materials can affect fire ground operations. This course offers an interactive practice session and a module quiz based off IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual. This course satisfies: NFPA 1001 5.3.2


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Text Book

Students are expected to use the Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • 1. Describe the effects of fire on various building materials.
  • 2. Describe factors that contribute to structural collapse.
  • 3. Identify indicators of structural instability and collapse.
  • 4. Explain considerations to be taken when establishing collapse zones.
  • 5. Describe actions that should be taken when structural collapse is imminent.
  • 6. Describe building conditions and fire suppression activities that can impact fire spread and structural stability.

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking continuing education in the fire service.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 4.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)