OK, so you're a firefighter. You've seen smoke, you've smelled smoke and you may have swallowed a "snoot-full." How was that for you? Yet how much do you know about it? No, not it's behavior, but what's in it! Chief Robert Fling returns to underscore his first visit, "FACEPIECE ON!" And if you're still one of those cowboys who think a firefighter isn't a "real" firefighter until he/she gets their "snoot-full," you're wrong and maybe DEAD wrong. Listen in and pay attention to what Chief Fling teaches us about smoke, what it does and what it can do. Then, go take a look at your family and tell them you don't need to wear your SCBA!
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Comment by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 17, 2018 at 3:10pm

Ted,

Thanks for your message. All too often, some younger firefighters see "stuff" burning and think of it as all Class A material from the "ol' days!" Not even close!! Just as you pointed out, there is all type of new crap burning, a great of which is processed with derivatives of butyl and formaldehyde! This crap doesn't have to be inhaled. If you're not wearing your full PPE, it can be absorbed through the pores of your skin!

Comment by Ted Mead on April 17, 2018 at 1:12pm

in many residential fires you run a risk of toxic elements in the smoke

one of the nastiest is the fumes from pvc pipe and pvc insulation. this is highly toxic and highly irritating to the mucus membranes and lung tissue. a snootful can make you pass out very quickly.

when your chief says masks on do it without question!

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