Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

08/14/2008
By Vincent Dunn"Rekindle" is a dirty word in the fire service, used by firefighters to describe an extinguished fire that reignites after they leave a scene. After the completion of salvage and overhaul and the fire has been officially declared extinguished, firefighters return to the firehouse, only to be called back later to the burning building to fight the reignited fire. Sometimes, the second fire is much larger than the first. Worse yet, sometimes the second fire kills people who assumed the original fire was extinguished.A rekindled fire indicates a poor firefighting operation. Fire chiefs and officers have faced legal action, and in some instances been forced to resign, when a fir...

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