Air Management We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!. Division Chief of Training & Safety Brian Kazmierzak. AIR MANAGEMENT. When firefighters run out of air, they breathe smoke. When Firefighters breathe smoke they die.
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Division Chief of Training & Safety
When firefighters run out of air, they breathe smoke.
When Firefighters breathe smoke they die
Why do we routinely allow firefighters to operate until their low air warning alarm activates?
Why Not OPERATIONS?
These haven’t changed since Ben Franklin
Three simple things:
Exit BEFORE you use your reserve air.
Alarm indicates use of reserve.
Alarm activation is an “immediate action item”
the point when you die
Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons
PVC & Hydrogen Cyanide –
Cyanide concentrations were directly related to the probability of death.
Cyanide poisoning may have predominated over CO poisoning as a cause of death in some fire victims.
Cyanide and CO may have elevate each other’s toxic effects.
Elevated cyanide concentrations were pervasive among smoke-inhalation victims.
Acetals-aerosol containers, combs, lighters, and pens.
Acrylics-glues, food packages, and skylights.
Nylon-various household containers, brushes, sewing thread, and fishing line.
Polyesters-hair dryers, computers, and kitchen appliances.
Polypropylene-bottles, diapers, and furniture.
Polyvinyl chloride-carpet, clothes, purses, records, and shower curtains.
Thermosets-TVs, coatings, toilets, buttons, flooring, and insulation.The Breath From Hell
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