Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Engine Company

'Flashover is occurring more and more in less than 4 minutes trapping citizens, as well as firefighters who have been deployed to search upper floors without knocking the fire down first. Incident Commanders must realize that "cool-as-you-go" is the way to go; or face the real probably that the fire will out-pace our ability to control interior conditions.' -Courtesy of Glenn Gaines, Acting US Fire Administrator

Does your department/company conduct regular live-fire flashover training?

Are your engine company crews trained to look for the signs that a flashover is about to occur or has obviously already occurred?

Are you using your thermal imager properly, or at all?

You're making your way down the hallway, heat conditions rapidly increase, and now you have zero visibility. You're the pipe man. Now what do you do?