Backdraft or Smoke Explosion
I read with great interest the photostory on the front page of Firehouse.com this morning. It is the one where several brothers in PA narrowly escaped inury from a Backdraft explosion. I'm starting this thread because it appears from the pictures and from what everyone was doing that "everything was being done correctly." I can't say that I would've done anything different...however, I have a couple of questions. This is not a critique...I'm trying to learn from these guys so that nobody on my crew gets hurt.
First of all...was the explosion a true backdraft, or was it a "smoke explosion," where the smoke fell within it's explosive ranges down in the basement? How do we keep ourselves from getting into the same position? Would it have helped to ventilate more prior to the first hoseline entering? From the description, it seemed like it would have appeared to be a fire on the second floor? What other size-up cues can be looked for?
Again...this is not a critique. It is intended to figure things out from a size-up and tactics point of view to prevent injuries and deaths.
Stay safe, everyone.
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Vincent Dunn has documented the difference; Check on his web site I believe he has it posted their.