Leadership

FLASHOVER

Issue 1 and Volume 140.

FLASHOVER features FLASHOVER In this series of spectacular photographs, Robert Stella captures the phenomenon of flashover in all its intensity. The members of the Hull, MA, Fire Department narrowly escaped without injury. It is currently believed that flashover is caused by thermal radiation feedback from the heating combustibles within the fire area. When all combustibles within an enclosure reach or exceed their individual flashpoints, simultaneous ignition can take place. The number of firefighter burn injuries continues to grow despite the falling number of fire incidents. One may surmise from this that our firefighters are being surprised and overcome by flashover more than ever before. The reasons for this are many and varied, and may be debatable. However, we are not detecting flashover indicators as early as we should and reacting with the strategies and tactics necessary to reverse the probability of flashover and/or remove the life hazard (us) before the…

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