Leadership

Need for Careful Study of Science of Ventilation in Fire Fighting

Issue 11 and Volume 86.

Need for Careful Study of Science of Ventilation in Fire Fighting VENTILATION, when applied to fire fighting, means opening up a building to allow the heat, smoke and poisonous gases to escape. This then allows the fireman to enter the building safely and reach the seat of the fire. Years ago, firemen thought that to open up a building would spread the fire. This is true, if not done properly. If the building is not ventilated, the hot gases will pack into every corner and explode, thereby spreading the fire. Ventilation should be made a subject for study in all departments, both large and small. It does not mean that at every fire all the windows should be broken out or the roof and floors chopped up. Some judgment must be used. Before any ventilation is done, extinguishing equipment must be ready. Never open up until you have your hose…

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