Firefighting, Leadership

Flashover at Wind-Driven PA Fire That Injured Civilian, Firefighter

A civilian and a volunteer firefighter were injured Monday in a wind-driven fire in Bushkill, Pennsylvania.

Firefighters faced water supply issues during the mid-morning house fire in Pocono Mountain Lake Estates, according to a report in the Pocono Record (http://bit.ly/HaOJSc). Limited personnel also impacted firefighting operations, the chief of the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company told the paper, necessitating a call for aid from nearby departments.

A homeowner was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for an unspecified but reportedly minor injury.

During the course of operations, a flashover occurred, forcing interior firefighters to bail out of the structure.

For more on how wind affects structural firefighting, consider NIST Report on TX Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects and How We Got Burned: Lessons Learned from a Wind -Driven Dwelling Fire .

For more on flashover, consider Flashover Survival, FLASHOVER RISK MANAGEMENT , FLASHOVER AND BACKDRAFT: A Primer, Trapped by Flashover : A Survivor’s Journey, and Training Days: Flashover Chamber.