Understanding Fire Walls: How Firefighters Use Them on the Job
A fire wall is a barrier that is designed to prevent the spread of fire. These walls are typically made of materials that have a high fire resistance rating, such as concrete or brick. They can be found both within buildings and on the exterior of buildings to separate different structures or sections of a building.
Firefighters use fire walls to create fire breaks and help contain the spread of fire. By isolating a fire to a specific area, firefighters can more effectively extinguish the fire without it spreading to other parts of the building or neighboring structures. Additionally, fire walls can provide a barrier for firefighters, protecting them from the heat and flames of the fire.
When responding to a fire, firefighters will often check for the presence of fire walls and use them to their advantage in fighting the fire. They may also use tools such as thermal imaging cameras to determine the location and integrity of fire walls in order to make informed decisions about their firefighting strategy.
It’s important to note that a fire wall is not a substitute for other fire safety measures such as fire alarms, sprinklers, and smoke detectors. The role of fire wall is to contain the fire and prevent its spread, while other measures are there to alert the occupants and the fire department, and also to extinguish the fire.