It’s one of the biggest changes for the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in decades. They’re changing the way they fight fires to give those trapped a better chance at survival.
Firefighters are now learning not to let air into a home or building on fire as soon as they get to the scene. New research shows that only makes the fire burn faster.
Every firefighter with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department is going through new training.
“For the past 20 years we were taught one very specific way,” said Lt. Brian Turk.
That way, was to let the smoke out of a burning building, thinking that would keep the fire and heat in one place. But they’re finding that’s absolutely not true. When currents of air move through a building, the fire will follow those currents.
“Any air that we introduce into a structure is going to intensify that fire,” said Division Chief Brent Elliott.
That’s why these firefighters are only opening doors and windows once others have gone in and gotten the flames under control.
“If our people can harness that and keep it in check we are going to make a building that is more survivable for everyone,” said Elliott.
“It’s gonna help keep damage down if possible and essentially make it easier for them to survive in the building,” said Turk.
These new techniques will be put into practice at the end of the month.