November 2nd, 2007

Mark

Live Burn Training Challenges Firefighters

Warning! Three images and two videos of crazy people running into burning buildings -- very dial-up unfriendly.

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After this training the fire department's digital camera flash wouldn't work anymore ... not because of the conditions inside, but because the rain outside got into its electronics.
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The water stream is directed at the ceiling to keep the room temperature down, avoiding a "flashover" -- when the entire room reaches its ignition temperature, and flames fill the space down to floor level within seconds.
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I took maybe forty or fifty pictures -- half a dozen were clear enough to make out anything but a wall of dense smoke. In this case, the room is illuminated by firefighters' flashlights.
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Fire attack video.
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This is what going into a burning building really looks like ...
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