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66 - Roll Call Tips

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Mon, 19 May 2014|

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[MUSIC] Hi Glenn Corbett, technical editor, fine engineering, talking about training tips here. Just a real quick one here on warehouse fires. You know we've add, you know, throughout history, you know, as long as we've had manufacturing type warehouses. And the olden days, they were, of course, multi-story buildings basically for warehouses but and particularly after the second world wars everything's pretty much one story. And so we've had some significant, certainly significant fires basically. In these buildings. Particularly because the hazard level, for example, plastics and things like that overwhelm in a lot of case, in these fairs even in a building that is actually with sprinklers, essentially. So, that's a big issue, but from your perspective from a firefighting perspective, you know, warehouses can be particularly, dangerous of course because. You know, you've got several hazards you gotta contend with. You got not only not perhaps knowing where the fire is but you also have the situation of having long stretches, long distances to travel. So some, some tips to take with you is if you have a warehouse fire and this building is sprinklered surely support the sprinkler system number one. Get water into the system and keep supplying it until you know for a fact that the fire has been completely extinguished or, then, suppressed enough that you can mop up the rest basically. Number two, use thermal, we've got thermal imaging cameras. Use them with search ropes as well because they are an easy place to get lost inside of. There's no doubt about that, cuz we've had that problem as well. Know that, not every aisle, for example, has to have an exit door at the end. So you could end up going down an aisle, and get trapped, basically, in the back corner, without any kind of means of finding your way out. And of course the other issue too is that, this is a building on fire. And, Frank Brannigan of course would advocate that we. Pay particular attention certainly to any secondary roof fires ignited because of the brown floor fire. But the other thing too is that you have to remember in a warehouse you've got high piled stock, stacked very high, perhaps upwards of 30 feet in most typical warehouses. And that stuff is unstable, particularly if it's burning, pallets, wood pallets, have you. You always run the situation where some of that stuff falls off the rack, or the shelf itself comes over. So what you want to do, of course is. You know, once you've accessed the fire, you're going to want to use the [UNKNOWN] string [UNKNOWN] until you know for a fact that's stable enough to approach it even closer. So, just some thoughts about dealing with a warehouse fire.