Payson fire­fight­ers train in flashover be­hav­ior

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Steve Par­sons

The Payson City Fire De­part­ment has com­pleted its an­nual train­ing in the “hot house.” The Utah Fire and Res­cue Academy (https://www.uvu.edu/ufra/) con­ducts the train­ing all across the state. The flashover trailer they bring is meant to help emer­gency re­spon­ders wit­ness fire and flashover be­hav­ior. The con­verted ship­ping con­tainer reaches tem­per­a­tures well over 300 de­grees in­side dur­ing the roughly 30-minute stay for the trainees. Flashover oc­curs usu­ally be­tween 900 and 1200 de­grees Fahren­heit and is not sur­viv­able for more than a few sec­onds even with pro­tec­tive gear. That is why this type of train­ing is so im­por­tant to­ward the goal of sav­ing lives. Flashover is when tem­per­a­tures reach a high enough point that sec­ondary gases and vir­tu­ally the whole room sud­denly are en­gulfed in flames.

Fire­fight­ers learn to ob­serve and track fire con­di­tions as the fire pro­gresses. They also prac­tice spe­cific tech­niques to min­i­mize and con­trol flashover while in the trailer. Hats off to our emer­gency re­spon­ders for putting them­selves in this dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion in or­der to fur­ther their own skills for serv­ing us. Payson Fire De­part­ment cer­tainly knows how to “Serve Daily.”

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