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Smoke Dangers

Smoky environments are dangerous. Smoke is the result of incomplete combustion and contains a variety of toxic by-products.

Smoke contains a variety of gasses. The composition of gasses in smoke will vary greatly depending on the amount of oxygen available to the fire. The composition of what is burning also influences the contents of smoke. In other words, a fire fed by wood will produce different gasses than a fire fed by plastics.

Smoky environments contain carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, carbon dioxide, phosgene, ammonia and chlorine. Continue Reading →

Size Can Be Deceiving

As you pull up to a fire you quickly take a span shot of the structure, if you see smoke and if you see flames. As you evaluate the structure, you can determine if it is a resident, an office, a retail store or factory. Many things are running through your mind as you begin your attack.

But how many times have pulled up on a structure and thought about its size? Like really thought about the size of the structure that is on fire. Continue Reading →