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This thread is "Sam's tip of the week" The tips would be actual firefighting techniques I have learnt in my time as a firefighter in the UK. This will be a good opportunity to share what we have learnt with other firefighters across the globe.

The blog will not be tips on how to play the game but tips for actual firefighters. If the vote is in favour of this blog I will start with a post every Monday (if I remember)

Week 1

Spraying the contents of a dry powder extinguisher into the water stream produced from a hoseline will quickly extinguish a vehicle fuel tank if alight.
"Week 2"

A handy item to carry is a piece of chalk or a chronograph pencil as you can mark the doors of apartments that have been searched in a full scale mass evacuation.
*week 3*

When entering a fire compartment, hitting the ceiling with a jet of water for a moment will knock down any loose debris which will stop said debris from falling on you as you progress into the room
* week 4*

Upon entering a fire compartment, don't be too quick to extinguish the fire. Take a couple of seconds to look at the conditions of the fire. If a search for casualties still has to be carried out use the fire to your advantage get down low and use the light from the fire as this will aid your search. If there is a casualty inside the room then extinguishing the fire may cause the conditions of the room to deteriorate as steam levels build up, the humidity rises as does the temperature, it becomes increasingly harder to breathe, what little vision you had is now gone and the smoke level lowers further. Obviously this can only be done with relitively small fires and should not be attempted if you are witnessing signs and symptoms if an impending flashover or backdraught (backdraft for our US counterparts)

It's very hard as a firefighter to resist the urge to put a fire out, but at certain times the fire itself can be your most useful tool.
* Week 5 *

Sorry for the delay with this weeks tip but I was spending Christmas with family.

The position of where a fire starts in a room directly effects how long it takes for a flash over to occur. The centre of a room takes the longest, half that time if against a wall then half it again if in a corner. Knowing this will aid firefighters in knowing roughly how long a fire has been burning.

Example

If a room takes 12 minutes to flash over with a fire in the centre of a room then it will take 6 minutes if it is against one wall and 3 minutes if in a corner.
Could you explain "Flash over" a little more in detail, as far as what it is exactly? I think I have a idea but want to be certain Im correct. Thanks Sam.
In simple terminology a flashover is the point in which a fire in a room becomes an entire room on fire
Thats what I was guessing, but thanks for the clarifying.
* Week 6 *

If you are lost in the darkness or smoke, if you find a wall and follow it in either direction, it will always lead to either a window or a door. This should aid you getting your bearings back or find an alternate exit
(12-29-2012 07:22 AM)sam1454 Wrote: [ -> ]In simple terminology a flashover is the point in which a fire in a room becomes an entire room on fire

is this the same as a back draft.........
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