Firefighter

Original Text:


Ultimate Firefighter Killer
Thick black smoke pours out of the house as fire begins to consume the master bedroom. The homeowners and on lookers have gathered in the dark street as the flames go larger. The sound of sirens cuts through the summer night sky. The Fire Department arrives in style, lights flashing, sirens blaring, as they prepare to do their job. What lies ahead for these firefighters will be challenging even though they have done this job hundreds of times. Fire has remained the same physical form since its creation. What has changed is the material that it consumes. New home construction versus old home construction has cost the lives of hundreds of firefighters in the United States over the last five years.
Standard home construction in the twentieth and twenty-first century is composed of Type¬-V material, which is your standard wood frame structure with truss construction. In the last twenty years the cost of construction has gone up, which has caused engineers to re-design the building material-- cheaper cost, cheaper material, lesser fire rating-- and a higher risk factor for firefighters. In the 1900’s, houses were constructed of all wood-- real two – by - fours and nothing but nails were used to put up the walls and floors of the homes. Today, homes are constructed of cheaper material, and liquid nails are used instead of the standard steel nails because it is more cost effective for the builders.
In the 1900’s, it would take several months to build homes because they were done the “right” way using natural building material. Heavy timber was used to construct these homes,

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Revised Text:

Ultimate Firefighter Killer

Thick black smoke pours out of the house, as fire begins to consume the master bedroom. The homeowners and onlookers have gathered in the dark street as the flames grow larger and the sound of sirens cuts through the summer night sky.

The Fire Department arrives in style, lights flashing and sirens blaring as they prepare to do their jobs. What lies ahead for these firefighters will be challenging, even though they have done this job hundreds of times.

Fire has remained in the same physical form since its creation. What has changed is the materials that it consumes. New home construction versus old home construction has cost the lives of hundreds of firefighters in the United States over the last five years.

Standard home construction in the twentieth and twenty-first century is composed of Type-V material, which is your standard wood frame structure, with truss construction. In the last twenty years the cost of construction has gone up, which has caused engineers to re-design the building materials; cheaper cost, cheaper material, lesser fire rating - and a higher risk factor for firefighters.

In the 1900’s, houses were constructed all of wood, real two–by-fours, and nothing but nails used to put up the walls and floors. Today, homes are constructed of cheaper materials, and liquid nails are used instead of the standard steel nails because it is more cost effective for the builders.

In the 1900’s, it would take several months to build homes, because they were done the “right” way using natural building materials. Heavy timber was used to construct these homes.

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