Short Cuts and Gadgets

Issue 6 and Volume 107.

Short Cuts and Gadgets BETTER BASEMENT FIRE CONTROL This is a “short cut,” actually several short cuts, to better basement fire control and extinguishment. We can best tell the story in the words of Fire Chief J. N. Farmer of the Petersburg, Va., Fire Department, whose organization is responsible for the idea. Basement fires rank high among those most disliked by firemen. They are difficult to combat because of lack of access. More often, with one and rarely two points of entrance, usually in the wrong location for fire fighting operations, such below-grade confined fires stubbornly resist the most skilled attack. Basically the basement problem is no different than that of other fires, namely: ventilate, enter and extinguish. Because the fire is below-grade, however, and because natural openings are lacking, ventilation and entrance are often delayed until the initial fire has spread well beyond the point of origin. This is…

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