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CALL FIREFIGHTER  look up translate image
In the U.S., call firefighters respond as needed on a part time basis to all types of emergencies. Call firefighters train with their local engine companies in their districts. Call firefighters are utilized in three different ways. First Responder" call firefighter units, are those units that are staffed entirely by paid call firefighters. These firefighters respond to all emergency incidents within their jurisdictional areas and are supported by full-time companies from adjoining jurisdictions....(more)
CAN  look up translate image
Slang for a fire extinguisher.
CAPTAIN  look up translate image
The second ranking officer, between the lieutenant and battalion chief. Captains are often in charge of a company or fire station.
CARBON MONOXIDE  look up translate image
A toxic gas, odorless and colorless, that produced when substances are incompletely burned.
CAREER FIREFIGHTER  look up translate image
(U.S.) A person whose primary employment is as a firefighter for a municipality or other agency or company and who derives the majority of his earned income working in the fire service. See also Wholetime firefighter (U.K.)
CELLAR FIRE  look up translate image
Cellar fires are difficult to attack directly because firefighters have to pass through the hot gasses and smoke accumulated on the cellar's ceiling to gain access to the cellar space. Cellars typically do not have good emergency egress points, adding to the danger..
CELLAR PIPE  look up translate image
Cellar Nozzle. A distributing type nozzle that is inserted through an opening in the floor and into the space below, typically a basement or cellar. The nozzle directs a broken stream horizontally, either extinguishing or controlling the fire enough to allow a direct attack to be safely made. Can also be used on top of other containers.
CHARGE A HOSE  look up translate image
To make water pressure available on a hose in final preparation for its use. This is done on the scene after the hose is deployed, but prior to entering the fire danger area. (Also known as "Charge the line")
CHARGED HOSE  look up translate image
A hose that is filled with water and pressurized; ready to use. The charged line is much more difficult to move than one not yet charged.
CHARGED LINE  look up translate image
firehose under pressure from the pump at the engine.
CHAUFFEUR  look up translate image
See Engineer.
CHIEF OFFICER  look up translate image
An executive officer of the fire department, as contrasted with a tactical Company officer. Typical Chief officers include the Fire chief, Assistant and Deputy Fire Chief, Battalion or Division or District Chiefs (who may each supervise Fire Captains), Watch Commanders and the Scottish Fire Master.
CHIMNEY FIRE  look up translate image
Fast and intense fire in a chimney flue in which accumulated creosote and other combustion byproducts ignite. These often extend fire into the roof or attic, especially with defective chimneys or when the mortar becomes hot enough to melt.
CLASS A  look up translate image
A fire involving combustibles such as wood, paper, and other natural materials. See Fire Classes.
CLASS B  look up translate image
A fire involving hydrocarbons. See Fire Classes.
CLASS C  look up translate image
An electrical fire. See Fire Classes.
CLASS D  look up translate image
A fire involving metals, such as sodium, titanium, magnesium, potassium, uranium, lithium, plutonium and calcium. See Fire Classes.
CLASS E (EUROPE/AUSTRALIA)  look up translate image
A composite Class A/Class B fire that is not also a Class C fire.
CLASS F (EUROPE/AUSTRALIA)  look up translate image
See Class K.
CLASS K  look up translate image
A fire involving cooking oils. Technically, this is a subclass of Class B. See Fire Classes.
CLEAR  look up translate image
This is the same as "In Service" for some departments.
CLOSET HOOK  look up translate image
Pike pole under 5 ft long .
CO DETECTOR  look up translate image
Fire departments have battery operated devices that can measure gasses in the air. These are often used to determine the presence of Carbon Monoxide in structures after fires have been determined ";Under Control";. They can also detect the presence of CO in homes and some other gasses.
COCKLOFT  look up translate image
structural space above ceiling and below rafters, often connecting adjacent occupancies and permitting fire to spread laterally, often unseen.
CODE FOUR  look up translate image
This is a signal that some police departments use to convey that everything is under control. Fire departments almost never use this term. Note: These codes are not to be confused with the complicated codes used by some police departments. Some police and even some fire departments do use a system of number codes in an effort to talk privately or quickly on the radio. The widespread knowledge of what these codes mean and the use of cell phones have caused many cities to abandon the practice in favor of plain language. Responding, On Scene, Available, In Service, In Quarters, Out of Service, Etc.
CODE ONE  look up translate image
Traveling to a location with no lights or sirens. Or Responding to the call
CODE THREE  look up translate image
Traveling to an emergency location WITH lights and siren It should be noted that in most states there is no such thing as ";Code Two"; However you may see apparatus traveling through residential areas at night without the siren on. This is just a courtesy to the people in the area.
COLLAPSE ZONE  look up translate image
The area around a structure that would contain debris if the building were to collapse. This is generally 1.5x the height of the structure. The area around a structure that would contain debris if the building where to collapse.
COMBUSTIBLE  look up translate image
Capable of reacting with oxygen and burning if ignited.
COMBUSTION  look up translate image
When materials smolder or burn. See main article for technical details.
COMBUSTION OR BURNING  look up translate image
Is a complex sequence of chemical reactions between a fuel and an oxidant accompanied by the production of heat or both heat and light in the form of either a glow or flames.
COMMAND  look up translate image
Command exists for every incident. The person in charge of the incident.
COMMAND STAFF  look up translate image
The command staff consists of the information officer, safety officer and liaison officer. They report directly to the incident commander and may have assistants.
A nonprofit organization that accredits fire and emergency service agencies.
COMMISSIONER  look up translate image
Civilian administrator of the fire services, appointed or elected in some cities, such as the New York City Fire Commissioner.
COMPANY  look up translate image
Two or more firefighters organized as a team, led by a fire officer, and equipped to perform certain operational functions. Compare with platoon and unit.
COMPANY OFFICER  look up translate image
A fire officer, typically a lieutenant or captain, who leads a team of two or more firefighters in a tactical company.
COMPARTMENT FIRE  look up translate image
An "Isolated" fire, or a fire which is "boxed in" or "closed off" from the rest of the structure. An example of this is a fire in a room where all the windows and doors are closed preventing the fire from spreading to other rooms.
COMPLEX  look up translate image
Two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command.
CONDUCTION  look up translate image
Heat transfer within an item or from one to another by direct contact.
CONFINED SPACE  look up translate image
Usually refers to a "confined space rescue." This involves a space that may have very limited access, little or no room to maneuver, poor air or light, and very likely other hazards. A trench cave-in, a collapsed building, a sewer or utility vault rescue, or a problem in and around industrial equipment are some examples.

Is a term that refers to an area whose cramped conditions make it dangerous. Confined spaces present special hazards to workers, including risks of toxic gas accumulation, fires,...(more)
CONFLAGRATION  look up translate image
A large, typically urban, fire involving numerous structures; loosely defined as enveloping an area equivalent to one or more square blocks. Compare with firestorm. -A large, typically urban, fire involving numerous structures; loosely defined as enveloping an area equivalent to one or more square blocks. Compare with firestorm.
CONTAIN A FIRE  look up translate image
A fuel break around the fire has been completed. This break may include natural barriers or manually and/or mechanically constructed line.
CONTROL A FIRE  look up translate image
The complete extinguishment of a fire, including spot fires. Fire line has been strengthened so that flare-ups from within the perimeter of the fire will not break through this line.
CONTROL LINE  look up translate image
All built or natural fire barriers and treated fire edge used to control a fire.
CONVECTION  look up translate image
Heat transfer by circulation within a gas or liquid.
CRASH TENDER  look up translate image
A pump capable of spraying foam used at airports.
CRASH TRUCK OR TENDER  look up translate image
A pump capable of spraying foam used at airports.
CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (CRM)  look up translate image
Training developed by NASA based on the concept that the primary cause of the majority of aviation accidents is human error and problems with interpersonal communication in particular. The training has been adapted for the fire service and teaches firefighters the correct way to question orders on an emergency scene. It also helps supervisors understand that the questioning of an order should not be interpreted as a threat to their authority.
CROSS LAY  look up translate image
Arrangement of hose on a pumper such that it can be quickly unloaded from either side of the apparatus; often pre-connected to a pump outlet and equipped with a suitable nozzle. Also known as Mattydale Lay.
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