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FIRE ALARM SYSTEM

A system designed to detect the unwanted presence of fire by monitoring environmental changes associated with combustion.

FIRE LOAD

The average weight of the combustible contents of a room or floor area in pounds per square foot, including building materials, furnishings, equipment, and transit vehicles.

FIRE RESISTANCE RATING

An hourly rating assigned to a test element or assembly by the Underwriters Laboratory, Inc., or other recognized authority.

FIRE RESISTANT NON-COMBUSTIBLE CONSTRUCTION

Non-combustible construction which has a fire resistance rating through application of a protective fire resistive membrane such as masonry or concrete to supporting steel.

FIRE/SMOKE EMERGENCY

Fire or the development of smoke or fumes that call for immediate action to correct or alleviate the condition or situation.

FIREMAN

Employee who assists the locomotive engineer. Principal duty on steam locomotives was to manage the fire and the water in the boiler.

FIRM FIXED PRICE CONTRACT

A fixed price contract provides a price that is not subject to any adjustment on the basis of the contractor’s cost experience in fulfilling the contract terms. This type of contract places maximum risk and full responsibility for all costs…