Leadership

Opening Up Walls Can Cause Less Damage Than You Think

Issue 4 and Volume 126.

Opening Up Walls Can Cause Less Damage Than You Think DEPARTMENTS The Volunteers Corner We have become so brainwashed about causing excessive damage when opening up walls and concealed spaces that we sometimes fail to evaluate the cost of repairs in relation to the certainty of extinguishing the fire. Naturally, no fire fighter wishes to rip out more than is absolutely necessary, but on the other hand, every fire fighter tries to knock down a fire as quickly as possible and make certain that there is no spark left for a rekindle. Let’s take a look at fires in walls and partitions, which cause much of the confusion about how much structural material should be removed. In last month’s column, we described the use of a bayonet, or piercing, applicator on a 1 1/2-inch line to extinguish fire inside walls. The hole made by an applicator in dry wall construction…

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