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I Blogged last (February 5th. to be exact) on "How do you know when it's getting too hot when you are inside a fire building"? I extend the question!

God Love Billy Goldfeder! He sends out his "Secret List" and as we all should be aware, most of us are dying responding to and returning from incidents. If you look at the list of other ways we are dying and getting hurt "really bad", collapses of floor assemblies is at the top of the list.

Many are as a result of fires involving engineered I-beams (If you don't know what those are, find out!) or other light-weight truss assemblies. Some are as a result of unknown "working" fires below involving the the floor assemblies firefighters are crawling on.

Now I go back to the question of January and to a related question. With bunker pants and a requirement to wear approved gloves, "HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE FLOOR YOU ARE CRAWLING ON IS BECOMING WEAKENED BY FIRE?" What do you personally do to monitor the "sponginess" and heat build-up of the floor you are crawling on? Please give the younger generation, your thoughts and practices so they stay safe. Please tell me because I pretty much never had that problem. When I fought fires I used 3/4 length pull up boots and wore leather unlined gloves and could tell heat changes through the glove.

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Comment by Jeff Schwering on March 22, 2010 at 4:52pm
Just a thought, if the floor sounds solid, I move a few feet and try it again and lose my tool into the basement, I'm thinkin it's time to leave..lol
Comment by Skip Coleman on March 22, 2010 at 4:46pm
Great Jeff,,
That's the stuff I'm looking for. I'm not sure exactly what a "good" floor sounds like! If I do sound floors and the sound "changes: as I move in, I know something might be going on under me.
Comment by Jeff Schwering on March 22, 2010 at 4:39pm
Skip, that's why you carry a tool! Sound the floor, the tool isn't to add looks to our pretty faces. Oh yeah, company officers, know your buildings, do a 360 while the line is being stretched so you know where the fire is. This might take away some of the crawling on spongy floors with no tool, in the first place.

Jeff

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