Structural Knowledge Necessary at Wildfires

Linstrom, John
March 2004
Fire Chief;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p36
Trade Publication
Firefighters must be trained in structure protection techniques or they can easily be threatened by a fast-moving fire and may lose the property they are trying to protect. When providing structural fire protection, the goal is to prepare and defend the structures in the fire's path. In a wind-driven fire, the head of the fire or fire front will be traveling at wind speed. Fire companies must remain mobile and rapidly move from structure to structure providing protection. It is only in this manner that significant numbers of structures will be protected. It also will limit firefighter exposure to the fire by staying ahead of it.


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