Collapse Zones: Understanding their Importance in Firefighting Operations
In the firefighting industry, a collapse zone is an area around a burning building that is at risk of collapse due to the structural damage caused by the fire.
During a fire, the intense heat and flames can weaken or damage the structural integrity of a building, making it unsafe for firefighters to enter or for people to evacuate. To protect themselves and the public, firefighters must establish collapse zones around the building to ensure that no one enters the area and to prevent the building from collapsing on top of them.
Firefighters use a variety of techniques to establish collapse zones. This includes using thermal imaging cameras to locate hotspots in the building, and using specialized tools such as hooks and pike poles to check the stability of the building. They also use soundings techniques to determine the stability of floors and walls, and to check for void spaces.
Additionally, firefighters also use specialized equipment such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to protect themselves from the hazards of entering a collapsing building.
Overall, understanding collapse zones and how to establish them is crucial for firefighters and is an essential part of firefighting operations. It’s important to be aware of the potential collapse hazards and to establish collapse zones to protect firefighters and the public from the dangers of a collapsing building.
Last Updated on February 22, 2023