LPG Fires: Sometimes it’s about perspective




HMN-Recently, at an industrial fire training, I got some great helmet cam footage of some very experienced firefighters honing in on new skills, and brushing up on old ones.  I was able to capture a great shot that illustrates the effect of nozzle patterns, and draft, on a LPG fire.

In the following photo, take note of the size of the cone and the fire being drawn into the center.  We always like to harp on moving a hose line in unison as hose handling training before drills like this, but we also need to be aware of the nozzle patterns and their potential impact on fire, or vapor streams.

The photo has a great depiction of the wide pattern beginning to draft vapors toward the nozzle.
The guys in the photo did an amazing job and this is just a small snippet in time of their advancing and successful, safe isolation of this prop.


Great Job!

About The Author

Ryan Henry currently serves as the training officer for two volunteer fire departments in Calcasieu Parish Louisiana. Ryan also works in operations at a major gulf coast oil refinery, and serves as an ERT firefighter, as well as their Hazardous Material Response Team Training Coordinator. Ryan holds an AAS degree in Process Plant Technology and currently serves as a LSU/FETI Lead Evaluator for Louisiana.


  1. Our very first “Live fire” training scenario was doing valve isolation at recruits – I was on the branch (which had its own unique character – coneing in and out was a challenge but manageable once I worked it out) – capturing the flame – absolutely loved it! – Got roasted in the de-brief about my “responsiveness” until I informed him about the branch (as they get abused so much on campus – the branches that is – recruits – maybe not enough lol). One of the only times in the job where tunnel vision is encouraged!

  2. Its very important to take care of the places which have LPG or any other fuels stored in it. As it can damage to the area in which it is kept. Thank you for providing the tip or idea of considering the nozzle patterns.

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