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20 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "W"
Wall-indicator valve
Type of control valve for sprinkler systems which is mounted to an outside wall and indicates open" or "shut" in an indicator window on the valve body.
Watch out situations
A list of 18 situations for firefighters to be aware of, which signal potential hazards on the fire line.
Water curtain nozzle
A nozzle designed to throw a fan of water droplets to form a curtain" in an attempt to reduce radiated heat from igniting a nearby exposure.
Water drop
A forest fire fighting technique when an aircraft drops a supply of water onto an exposed fire from above.
Water flow alarm
An audible alarm indicating that one or more sprinkler heads have been activated.
Water hammer
Large, damaging shock wave in a water supply system caused by shutting a valve quickly, or by permitting a vehicle to drive across an unprotected fire hose.
Water mist fire suppression
A sprinkler-like system that uses a very fine mist featuring much lower water flow than conventional sprinklers to suppress, rather than extinguish, a fire[1].
Water tender
Any ground vehicle capable of transporting specified quantities of water.
Water thief (valve)
Type of gated wye having one or more outlets smaller than the largest outlet.
Wedges
Wooden blocks for temporary shut-off of activated sprinkler heads or holding doors open during firefighting or rescue operations.
Wet line
Temporary control line using water or other fire retardant liquid to prevent a low-intensity fire from spreading in surface fuels.
Wet pipe sprinkler system
Sprinkler system containing pressurized water rather than air, such that water will flow immediately upon release of a heat-sensitive head.
Wet water
Water into which a surface tension reducing agent has been introduced. The resultant mixture, with its reduced surface tension, is more able to penetrate burning product more deeply and extinguish deep seated fire.
Wildfire
A fire occurring on wildland that is not meeting management objectives and thus requires a suppression response.
Wildfire or Wildland fire
Fire in forests, grasslands, prairies, or other natural areas, not involving structure fires (although wildland fires may threaten structures or vice versa - see interface zone.) For a complete list of terms used in wildland fire, see Glossary of wildland fire terms.
Wildland
An area in which development is essentially nonexistent, except for roads, railroads, power lines, and similar transportation facilities. Structures, if any, are widely scattered.
Windfall
Tree knocked over or broken off by wind, increases fuel loading and hampers building fireline. Also sometimes called blowdown.
Working fire
A fire that is in the process of being suppressed; often a cue for dispatch of additional resources.
Wye
Device used to split a larger supply line hose into smaller attack line hoses. A gated wye contains valves so that certain lines can be turned on and off.
Wye
Hose coupling for splitting one line into two or more outlets, often a larger line split into two smaller ones; often a gated wye having separate valves for each outlet. Not to be confused with Siamese, which is used to bring two smaller lines together into one.
20 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "W"
Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Dec 30, 2020 the Indiana County Water Rescue Team was Activated for one kayak capsized, reportedly in the area of Aultman Run boat access along the Conemaugh River. One victim was reported to be in th...
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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On 1/19/2016 Station 120 was activated by Indiana County 911 to assist station 330 with a barn fire on Clarksburg road. Assistant 330 went on scene with a fully involved structure w/ exposures. E121 a...
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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At 0600hrs stations 132, 71, and 41 where dispatched to a structure fire on Shady Hollow road. 132 A1 went on scene with a working fire, fire in the attic space. A tanker assignment was then added to...
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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At 12:56 Hrs. 8/2/14 station 120 was dispatched for a vehicle accident with roll over, and entrapment RT 217 near Ferguson Rd. 120 Chf. went on scene confirming entrapment, Recue 125 quickly stabilize...
Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Saturday July 9th, 2022 will be the Golf Outing. See the Flyer for details and registration!
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
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Company Report for January 2022.BFD responded to 34 calls for service in the month of January.These Incidents consisted of Medical assists, Vehicle accidents, Vehicle fires, Chimney fires, Smoke and F...
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Last night at the December monthly meeting, BFD elected it’s line officers and administrative staff for 2022: Line Officers Fire Chief: George Burkley1st Asst. Chief: Terry Shepherd2nd Asst. Chi...
Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual GOLF OUTING will be July 10, 2021. More info, the official flyer and registration will be posted soon.
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