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Turning the Tide

Posted on | March 27, 2015 | No Comments

Inside a burning structure, fire creates smoke in large quantities. It’s not like you see in the movies or on TV, its pitch black. Unless you happen to locate the actual flames, it’s the can’t-see-the-end-of-your-nose kind of darkness.

If the heat and smoke can’t find their own way out of the structure it will be necessary to help the process along with ventilation. Doing so makes it easier to control the fire and save more of the building.

How the ventilation happens depends on the situation, but the goal is always the same – to let out the heat and smoke so it’s safer for interior operations. Several years ago on a cold January morning vertical ventilation was just the ticket. After cutting the vent hole the roof team has returned to a safe position while the thick black smoke exits the structure, turning the tide:

Turning the Tide(Click on the image for a larger version)

Greg Fabricius Photography

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