Upon arriving at an incident, the pre-planning stage is critical. When overlooked, it can result in tragic situations, but completing a full scene assessment can significantly lower the overall risks. Reading Fire: a complete scene assessment guide for practitioners at all levels links the science of fire dynamics to the information that can be gathered upon arrival at the incident. The book takes the reader step-by-step through each critical area of the ‘BE-SAHF’ model of assessment, from building, construction and environmental factors, to understanding and reading smoke, airflow, heat and flames. It explores each of these in depth, alongside detailed discussions of the ‘clues’ that need to be deciphered before making a diagnosis and formulating an effective tactical plan.
This second volume in the Compartment Firefighting Series, like Fire Dynamics for Firefighters, provides clear and practical advice to practitioners at all levels.
Volume 3, Fighting Fire: Making firefighting techniques accessible to firefighters and practitioners at all levels, considers the practical steps, based upon the information learnt from a scene assessment. You can buy Reading Fire and Fighting Fire together to save 20% here.