HurtwoodFire – Dense smoke emits from the Asda Supermarket in Luton as firefighters

adopt what is termed as ‘defensive’ firefighting strategy.

Essentially, adopting firefighting action that places minimal risk on firefighters based on the risk and benefit i.e. as there are no persons involved (often referred to as ‘reported’ in fire service terms) the firefighting actions will concentrate on attempting to extinguishing the fire but not taking any specific risks. ¬†This will involve restricting the entry of fire crews into the building as not to put them at unnecessary risk.

Fortunately the fire evacuation procedures were effective at this store and it is believed that everyone escaped with minimal injuries or effects of smoke inhalation, often an issue in fires for those who’s escape is delayed for whatever reason.


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