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Fire Behavior Education for the Fire Service: Filling the Need

In his "Understanding Hostile Fire Behavior" workshop at FDIC 2010, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Ted Nee of Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department tackled the subject of hostile fire behavior, both in theory and how it relates on the fireground. In his review of various fire phenomena--including backdraft, flashover, smoke explosions, and wind-driven fire dynamics--Nee stressed the need for firefighters to recognize cues indicating these events taking shape on the fireground."One important objective of this workshop is to provide working definitions of some of the key fire behavior events such as flashover and backdraft based on a consensus of fire science researchers," Nee said. &qu...

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