Firefighter Training, Structural Firefighting

‘Tis the Season for Chimney Fires: Are You Ready?

Issue 12 and Volume 172.

TRAINING NOTEBOOK ❘ By Brian Butler Chimney fires are rare. For this reason, we should review our tactics for mitigating them every year to ensure a quick, effective coordinated attack and to prevent them from becoming all-out structure fires. Chimneys are vertical structures that ventilate smoke or hot gases from boilers, oil burners, fireplaces, stoves, and furnaces to the outside atmosphere. The inside of a chimney is called the “flue,” which is a duct or a pipe that exhausts smoke and gas from fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, and so on. Chimneys have many uses, from burning wood to providing heat to venting an incinerator in a high-rise apartment building. We should prepare for fires involving the common types of chimneys in our response areas. RELATED TRAINING Tips on Extinguishing Chimney Fires That Improve Efficiency, Public Image The Urban Attic Fire: An “Upside-Down” Basement Fire My urban department in the Northeast…

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