Firefighting Essay

2058 WordsJan 21, 20149 Pages
50 Ways Firefighters Live Safe firefighting procedures are passed along from veteran firefighter to rookie firefighter by setting an example at fires, and by conversation and explanation in the firehouse. Safe firefighting techniques are universal. They are the same regardless of where you fight fires. Building construction and firefighting procedures may vary, but safety and safe operating procedures on the fire ground are universal. The following are 60 firefighting survival tips for some of the most dangerous firefighting operations. These techniques are known and sometimes taken for granted by veteran firefighters but are unknown to young recruits. All firefighters should understand and practice these 60 firefighting survival tips. 1. When stretching a hose line to an upper floor of a building, do not pass a floor on fire unless a charged hoseline is in position on that floor.
2. Notify your officer when going above a fire to search for victims or vertical extension of flame or smoke. 3. When climbing or descending a stairway between the fire floor and the floor above, stay close to and face the wall. Heat, smoke, and flame rise vertically up the stairwell.
4. If you enter a smoke- and heat-filled room, hallway, or apartment above a fire and suspect flashover conditions behind you, locate a second exit, a window leading to a fire escape or portable ladder, before initiating the search. 5. Crouch down and keep one leg outstretched in front of you when advancing an attack hoseline in a smoke-filled fire room. Proceed slowly, supporting your body weight with your rear leg. Your outstretched leg will feel any hole or opening in the floor deck in your path of advance. 6. To prevent getting driven off a fire floor by rollover-the sudden flashes of flame mixed with smoke (ignition of combustible gases at ceiling level) while waiting for the hoseline to be

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