Lieutenant Rick Andrews of Gilford Professional Fire Fighters Local 3517 lead the training class, assisted by three other firefighters and specially designed propane-fed practice fire equipment. Those attending the 1st session learned...
All fires can be very dangerous and life-threatening. Your safety should always be your primary concern when attempting to fight a fire. Before deciding to fight a fire, be certain that:
- The 911 operator has been called
- Everyone is clear of the fire / out of the structure
- The fire is small and not spreading - fires double in size within two to three minutes
- You have the proper fire extinguisher for the burning material
- AFTER Dialing 911
- Pull the safety pin
- Ensure your fire extinguisher works with a quick squeeze
- Always approach the fire with an exit at your back and upwind of the fire and smoke
- Aim at the base of the fire and use a sweeping motion
- Don't turn your back on the fire when exiting
- Be sure to watch the area for awhile to ensure it doesn't re-ignite.