Firefighting

Every Second Matters in a Flashover

Issue 6 and Volume 173.

By Ricky Mantey Flashover. What is a flashover? What happens inside a flashover? What do you do if you or your crew members are trapped inside a flashover? How do you increase your chance of surviving a flashover? Are you physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to protect yourself in a flashover? All of these questions race through your mind during training evolutions throughout the year. Truth be known, many firefighters will most likely tell themselves they and their crew will never experience a flashover if they are good at what they do. My crew understands how important it is to read smoke, look at the conditions presenting from the structure, and recognize the warning signs of potential failures. As a matter of fact, I was one of those individuals who thought I would never experience a flashover. I thought I was invincible! I told myself and my family that being…

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