A Fire is certainly one of the most dangerous natural forces known to mankind. Since the first recorded attempt to combat the ravages of uncontrolled flames in 2 BC, fire fighters have battled throughout the ages to save life and property.
At first, the only weapon was water, passed in human bucket – chain but by the 18th century hand operated pumps have been developed. These were laboriously pulled to outbreaks of fire. Horse drawn fire engines, the birth of steam power, and finally motorized engines revolutionized fire fighting. The first primitive breathing apparatus in the early 1900’s ensured that for the first time, firefighters could penetrate smoke filled buildings to attack fire at close quarters.
Modern fire fighters are ready to face myriad of fires, day and night, in extremes of weather. The toxic smoke from burning plastics and the risk of ‘flashovers’ are ever-present hazards. Little wonders that today’s firefighters often feel the need for a science degree as well as the physical strength and endurance of well- – turned athlete. Tragically, very often, a fire fighter will make the ultimate sacrifice in attempting to rescue a victim from a fiery death.
Absolutely safety does not exist. Human activity will always and unavoidably involve risks. Unwanted combustion is perhaps the least predictable common physical phenomenon. Here is a sincere approach to find out solutions and develop a core of people who can stand at seat of fire and get through any risks.
“Fire engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles, rules (codes), and expert judgement, based on an understanding of the phenomena and effects of fire and of the reaction and behavior of people to fire to protect, property and the environment from the destructive effects of fire.”
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