Specialized Training Helps Firefighters Prepare for "Flashovers" - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

08/24/04

Specialized Training Helps Firefighters Prepare for "Flashovers"

Savannah firefighters are undergoing some of the most dangerous training they'll ever go through. It's called flashover survival training. Firefighters from as far as Florence, South Carolina, were in town to train in a special simulator this afternoon.

Flashovers are sudden bursts of flames that engulf the inside of a room. Fire officials say they are more dangerous than backdrafts.

"We're talking about 12 to 15 hundred degrees Fahrenheit based on the combustibles or the contents of the occupancy," said Chief Tim Sendelbach. "If somebody has a lot of plastics in their homes, it certainly puts us at great risk of high-heat environments."

The Savannah Fire Department is the only facility in the Southeast to offer this type of training.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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