Firefighter Training, Firefighting

It’s Out the Windows

Issue 8 and Volume 171.

Many of us, when we heard the saying, “It’s out the windows,” used to breathe a sigh of relief that we now knew the fire’s location. Plus, we hoped that once we got into the structure, the fire would be very easy to find since the smoke would be off the floor and the byproducts of combustion would be self-venting out the windows and into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, in some instances, some firefighters had blinders on and didn’t size up the structure while making entry and found themselves in a jam when they quickly proceeded to a visible fire’s location. Or, they took the window’s location as where the fire’s origin was and were unhappy to find out it wasn’t the seat of the fire. “It’s out the windows” has had a lot of meanings and lessons learned over the years, and that’s why you need to be careful when…

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