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Understanding Flashover

By Tom Kiurski Years ago, our firefighting forefathers did not get exposed to as many flashover events as we do today. Brave as they were, the protective ensemble of the day did not allow them to become exposed to the pre-flashover temperatures we see today. With the widespread use of smoke alarms today, we are getting to fires before flashover. However, the dwindling number of personnel that arrive at our fires puts us at a great risk of entering a fire building during pre-flashover conditions, without enough personnel to engage in flashover-delaying tactics. It is important for new firefighters to have a thorough knowledge of flashover. A refresher for the veterans should be part of an ...

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