Under active fire conditions the dangers are extreme and the stakes are high. Upon the declaration of knock-down the fire should be out, victims saved, and acute hazards controlled.
The game is not over. The long term carcinogenic by-products of combustion remain and may even be worse than under active fire conditions. When overhaul begins think of it as the beginning of overtime in a playoff game. The stakes are high, and the dangers, although different, remain. You wouldnâ€™t show up on the ice/court/field in overtime without your â€˜Aâ€™ game, so letâ€™s not do it in overhaul.
Treat overhaul as a hazmat?
Monitoring, ventilation, proper PPE, crew exchanges (rehab), decontamination (up to and including dirty turnouts) should all be taken into consideration prior to the close of an incident.
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