Firefighting

CONTROLLING THE DOOR

Issue 4 and Volume 154.

BY LANCE C. PEEPLES When firefighters are killed or seriously injured in the performance of their duties, it is the responsibility of those who remain behind to study the events leading to the tragedy in the hope that similar occurrences can be prevented in the future. A critique of the following two tragedies pointed to the same lesson learned: Firefighters can be placed in great danger when the control of doors is not maintained. In the first tragedy involving a fire on the first floor of a multiple dwelling in an eastern city, a captain and two firefighters attempting to gain entry to the apartment above the fire were engulfed in flames when fire vented out of the first-floor apartment door that had just been forced. In the second incident, which occurred in another eastern city, a firefighter was severely burned after an overhead garage door slammed shut, trapping him.…

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