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    What does "fall through a flowerbed" mean?

    Dear all,

    I came across the following sentence and still do not have a single cue. "I have never had or heard of a firefighter falling through a flowerbed while performing Positive Pressure Attack." Can someone please kindly help out? Many thanks.

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    Re: What does "fall through a flowerbed" mean?

    Hello finefeeling,

    http://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/posi...of-engagement/ (The source sentence is at the foot of the page; 2nd paragraph under the heading Firefighter Safety).

    From what I have read, ventilation of a fire scene using fans seems to be a vital activity while performing Positive Pressure Attack. The ventilation improves visibility by clearing thick toxic smoke away from fire crews. This means that firefighters will not stumble over, or fall through, hidden obstacles such as flowerbeds which would otherwise be masked by the thick smoke.

    Shortly after the sentence in question the writer states, "We can see where we are going and never go beyond an area that the fan can clear.".

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    Re: What does "fall through a flowerbed" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by finefeeling View Post
    Can someone please kindly help out?
    Click here to read a recent thread on 'please kindly'.

    Note that Eckaslike gave the full context of your quoted text. Please do this yourself in future posts.

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    Re: What does "fall through a flowerbed" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by finefeeling View Post
    Dear all,

    I came across the following sentence and still do not have a single cue. "I have never had or heard of a firefighter falling through a flowerbed while performing Positive Pressure Attack." Can someone please kindly help out? Many thanks.

    finefeeling
    You don't have a cLue. Like you I found the idea of a firefighter 'falling through a flowerbed' confusing, as falling through implies the previous existence of a more or less fragile surface. But Eckaslike's explanation helped a lot. - the 'surface' is there, but the point is that the ground is less dense and could make people stumble.

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