While various findings from new fire science research have taken over as the hot topics at conferences, in articles, and shared through social media, it has exposed a few problems that are being seen on firegrounds around the world. These include the time it takes to get water to the fire and other basic skills that make it happen. That’s right, you heard it here first, sort of. It’s that the basic fireground functions are still the number one contributing factor to the successful rescue, suppression, or exposure control operations. Does this mean that the research from UL, NIST, and Kill the Flashover are not relevant? Absolutely not! They all could be, quite possibly, the most important information provided to us around the new fire dynamics.
Understanding new terms such as flowpaths, cooling the environment, and proper size-up are all key things we should take away from this groundbreaking research. “Water doesn’t push fire” and “spraying water on smoke does not bathe you in larger amounts of steam” are two of the things that stand out the most to this jumpseat rider.