Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fire Extinguisher Training

At drill last weekend we had the fire department come and show us how to use fire extinguishers.  I'm not sure why the FD had to be there, but they were.  The best part was the guy lighting the fire.  A guy from the squadron, not involved in the training except as a participant, pulled out a lighter and stuck his hand into the barrel full of wood.  The fireman didn't say anything.  Perhaps he didn't know the person who put the training together and supplied the wood had poured gasoline on the wood? I knew- I saw the red gas can sitting next to the barrel. I didn't say anything either.  The resulting fireball and flaming bits of paper (apparently the fire barrel builder added paper to the gasoline and wood) was quite exciting.  They lit the next barrel using an improvised stick with a burring rag on it.  That fireball was even bigger with even more bits of burring paper exploding all over the place, but at least this time no one got their eye lashes burnt off.

They wanted everyone to use the extinguisher so they kept relighting the fire barrels.  A fireman who works in our squadron but was not conducting the training stepped up and insisted they use diesel instead of gasoline.  Diesel will burn but gasoline explodes.  Good to know.

Here is me looking very  somewhat professional using the fire extinguisher.  Remember- PASS. Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep.


1 comment:

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