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Firefighter Training Drill: Hazard Zones

10/24/2012
Drill by Forest Reeder The establishment of safety or operational zones at hazmat incidents and technical rescue events is a long-accepted practice. The fireground could also benefit from the safety zone concept as well.  There are many accepted definitions for who and what can enter each zone, many tying back to the Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) principle. At a structure fire, the interior of a structure is considered IDLH when a fire is uncontained, unventilated, and producing heat and smoke. At a defensive fire, working in the collapse zone could be considered IDLH also. Some departments may have designations for members who are allowed to enter certain types of ...

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