We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service. Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater. We are finally looking at fires, how they burn, how conditions change. We are looking a fuel packages, flow paths. We are discussing heat release rates and polar vortexes. Oh wait, the polar vortex is the weather people. The information from these studies is very interesting. It has proven to us some things we have always known, but it has quantified them scientifically – versus them being based on theory from experience. I guess you could say input the math into our gut feelings.
For example, we have always known that our entry point was also a ventilation point. Every fire photo you look at of the first line going in shows that. In fact if you think about, it is a larger ventilation point than most holes cut in the roof. However I am not sure we always consciously considered it a vent point. While we knew it was an opening to inside, most probably classified it as an entry point.
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