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Interview: Why Company Officers Must Understand Fire Dynamics

Modern fuel loads and building construction are changing the way fire behaves on the fireground--yet many U.S. firefighters receive no fire behavior instruction beyond a few hours in Fire Fighter I. In this interview, Chief Ed Hartin--an internationally renowned fire behavior specialist--discusses why company officers must not only stay current on the latest research, but also share such knowledge with their crews. He also elaborates on the following top three things company officers must know about modern fire behavior:

  1. Heat release rate
  2. Influence of oxygen on fire development
  3. What happens when a fire becomes ventilation controlled or limited

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