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THE PART VENTILATION PLAYS IN THE SCIENCE OF FIRE FIGHTING

Issue 3 and Volume 87.

THE PART VENTILATION PLAYS IN THE SCIENCE OF FIRE FIGHTING Properly Understood end Carried Out, It Is the Very Backbone of Fire Control, But Its Study Must Be Comprehensive THE dictionary defines “ventilation” as “Supplying with fresh air.” A few years ago that was the only definition, but now there is another—the Fire Department definition, if you please. This new definition is “the removal of dangerous or disagreeable smoke and/or gases and the replacement of the same with fresh air.” A very few years ago had you said ventilation to a Chief you would have been shot at sunrise—or even before—because all ventilation meant to him was “draft,” and draft meant more work and more loss. The hazards to the firemen were accepted as a matter of course—a part of the disagreeable job of fighting fires. Ventilation Backbone of Fire Fighting Today, the modern Chief takes an entirely different viewpoint.…

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