Fire Entrapment Avoidance
Fire Entrapment is a situation where, for a number of possible reasons, a firefighter or whole fire crew is trapped by fire. This may quickly become a life and death situation.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFETY AND FIRE ENTRAPMENT AVOIDANCE? -
"Safety Safety, and more Safety - Attitude that is...
Almost ALL fire entrapment circumstances are a result of fire command and operations personnel, NOT following proper SAFE WORK PROCEDURES AND ORDERS. We say "command and operations" because sometimes critical information (i.e. expected severe fire weather behaviour) is not passed along from the command centres to the frontline fire personnel. Lives have been lost because of this.
All safety rules and orders must be followed and one of the most critical of these is understanding current and expected future fire behaviour potential.
It is not the current behaviour that may entrap or worse, kill someone, but the future (could be five minutes or less from now) fire behaviour that may entrap and kill!
This course is not intended to go over in detail all aspects of fireline safety and fire behaviour. That could take days and serious studying to complete and understand.
However, this course IS intended to point out the major critical issues that once you understand and know them, will in all likelyhood prevent you from finding yourself in a FIRE ENTRAPMENT situation in the first place.
WHEN IN DOUBT - BACK OUT!