Fire Behavior--Know the Enemy!

By Warren Whitley and John TaylorFire behavior training in America is generally limited, but there are signs of improvement here and there. Did you know that the Virginia Department of Fire Programs curriculum for firefighter and officer training requires a grand total of three hours of fire behavior training? That is the sum total from Firefighter 1 through Officer 4. It is almost like sending an Army officer through four years of West Point or Sandhurst with only three hours of infantry training, definitely not good preparation for battle.In Virginia, the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue collaborated with this article’s co-author John Taylor1 to enhance the...

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