The Physics Behind FireFighting

By Matthew Taylor

Physics 212 University of Alaska, Fairbanks 16 April 2003

When you see a fire truck going racing by do you ever wonder where it is going?
When you see a firefighter spraying water on a fire do you ever wonder how the fire actually goes out?
Do you ever wonder what kind of methods firefighters use to extinguish a fire?
This web page goes into the physics of firefighting and will help you under stand what a firefighting is all about and the methods used in everyday fire techniques.

Firefighters in New York City attack a fully involved structure fire