Firefighters are generally associated with fire trucks. But certain fires, particularly wildfires, benefit from the use of aerial firefighting resources. Aerial firefighting takes advantage of airplanes and helicopters to contain wildfires. Aerial firefighters, including smokejumpers and rappellers, are specially trained
Firefighting is a life-threatening job and it’s not for everyone. Firefighters may be called to many different settings or environments. It’s impossible to predict all of the possible hazards a firefighter may encounter. Firefighters deal with more hazards than the
Due to the mass casualty potential of an aviation emergency, the response time for equipment and personnel is vital. Their arrival and initial mission to secure the aircraft against all hazards, particularly fire, increases the survivability of the passengers and
A structure fire includes the partial or complete burning of any type of residential, commercial or industrial building. We’re talking about homes, offices, stores, warehouses, factories or any type of building or their frameworks. Structural fires are categorized differently than
In the United States, wildfires are prevalent in the western states, particularly in the end of summer and early fall, when the hot, dry desert winds fan flames that run fast and furiously through forests, over mountains, valleys and anything
Which is Worse: Fire or Smoke? Contrary to what may be most commonly understood by non-firefighting professionals, one of the main risks of a fire is the smoke. This is because smoke carries heat and poisonous gases and makes is
A fire burns due to the presence of three elements. Learn about the “Fire Triangle.” The aim of firefighting is to deprive the fire of at least one of the elements that causes it.