Figuring Out What a Fire is About To Do Isn't Easy

A report just released by San Fransisco fire officials on Friday said that flashover, not procedural errors, was cited in two San Fransisco firefighter LODDs last year.

Two San Francisco firefighters died in a house fire last year because a window blew out and turned a minor blaze into a 700-degree inferno that overcame the men within minutes, an eight-month Fire Department investigation has concluded.

Read the entire article from FirefighterNation.com here.

A flare-up fueled by a broken window caused the deaths of two firefighters in a Diamond Heights house fire last year, and not procedural errors, San Francisco fire officials said Friday.

An internal safety investigation on the June 2, 2011, fire at 133 Berkeley Way indicates that firefighters Lt. Vincent A. Perez and Firefighter Paramedic Anthony M. Valerio were killed by extremely high temperatures of up to 700 degrees caused by a sudden flare up, known as a flashover.

Read the entire article from Firehouse.com here.

R.I.P Lt. Perez and FF Valerio.

Firefighters must continue to study and learn about hostile fire events

A sudden opening in the “box” (structure), whether triggered by the intense heat from the fire or created through fire-control (ventilation), lets in a rush of oxygen that can cause an intense fire event, a flashover. Flashover happens more often today, so figuring out what a fire is about to do before committing to an environment is not easy. Because firefighters have limited control over unexpected events, such as flashover, they must continue to study and learn the proactive warning signs of a hostile fire event to avoid being caught off guard.

Firefighting is complex and dangerous, and it’s never easy. Here’s more related sources on hostile fire events.

Chief Ed Hartin at Compartment Fire Behavior Training (CFBT) talks about flashover.

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