Level I Live Burn

This level consists of the students kneeling down and watching the start of a fire and its growth. The students will view the first stage incipient fire and its growth to a second stage fire where the flames will start to spread across the ceiling area. The students, one by one, will make an attack on the fire. The final student will perform ventilation and overhaul the fire (students may be rotated on the nozzle at this time). This level of firefighting will all be done within the confines of one room.

General Live Burn Information

Level I Training

For a Level I burn we are not going to use a lot of water to control the fire.  We will use most of our water in the fog ventilation of the building.  This means you will need to open and close the nozzle fully and quickly if we are going to place the right amount of water into the upper part of the room. This is the only time we will allow a water hammer on the hose line.  If you put too much water into the room we will up set the THERMAL BALANCE.  This will cause the super heated atmosphere at the ceiling level to be forced down to the floor where we are.

After each team member has the opportunity to operate the nozzle, we will start fog ventilation through a window or doorway. Locate a window or door to VENT.  The upper layers of gases may get very hot, so stay low. Use a tool or the nozzle to break glass and remove any obstructions that will interfere with ventilation.

Once everyone is ready, open the nozzle full open on straight stream and then adjust the pattern towards the fog so as to just fill the window or door opening. Try to get all of the water to flow out through the opening. This process will also bring fresh air to any smoldering fire and you may get additional flame activity. Watch for rekindling fires.

If, during ventilation, the room conditions cease to improve, (visibility does not get better, or the temperature is no longer being reduced) there is a high probability that there is still active fire in the area. Shut down the ventilation and search out and overhaul any remaining fires.

Debriefing (“Hot Wash”)
Crews exiting the building should bring their hoseline out with them ensuring their hoseline is not tangled with the backup crew’s line. Next, check-in with command (and accountability officer if used). Remove your turnout clothing, get some water or other fluids, and then meet as a team with your instructor.

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