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    Default Smoke Reading

    I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on reading smoke,

    what to look for?

    what each different type could indicate, how to react, etc...?

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    Google is your friend. A search for "reading smoke" resulted in more information that you're going to read in a week.

    However, you might start with buying Dave Dodson's book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    Google is your friend. A search for "reading smoke" resulted in more information that you're going to read in a week.

    However, you might start with buying Dave Dodson's book.

    Ditto. And find a formal reading smoke class if you can. Skills you learn will probably save your life one day.
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    IMO, Reading smoke is a skill that cannot be fully taught.. While obviously any class you take on the subject will increase your awareness, The whole concept is based on "Anticipating" the fires progression. The smoke is only one part of this equation. Without knowledge of the fuel load or building construction and at least a general knowledge of Fire behavior/ Fire science, The smoke's not gotta tell you much... Or more like, You wouldn't understand what it is "Telling" you..

    There is no magic involved, There aren't any secrets...

    "Reading" smoke, Is just your ****interpretation**** of the visible conditions present... Experience is the only way to accurately make something of it..

    Check out an essentials book for the basic 'Oh Sh#* smoke conditions..

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    Dave Dodson, great class

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    Yes, great class!!!

    I agree that it is very hard to teach. My best advise is to go to as many live burns as you and pay attention to the smoke and fire behavior. See what happens and compare the difference between light white smoke, grey smoke, and thick billowing black smoke. Knowing how to read smoke is very difficult and it is ever changing. By doing as many burns as you can you can start to get some experience in reading it.
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    In addition to Dodson's book, he has a set of DVDs available from Fire Engineering. Being able to see the video with his interpretations is very beneficial.

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    Smile D. Dodson

    You need to get the DVD series reading smoke from this guy. We watched it as a shift last month. The 1st two DVD's were good/ok, but when you get to real video's of fire for the reading smoke it all comes togethter. I don't know where we got our DVD's from. But I recommend it.

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