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Tribune article details firefighting

Posted by wlpo on January 10, 2016

What’s your knowledge of firefighting? The Chicago Tribune recently spoke with Orland Park Fire Battalion chief William Bonnar, Jr., a 35 year firefighting veteran to enlighten the public about firefighting. For instance, Chief Bonnar said items in homes 50-some years ago, were made of wood, cotton and wool. Today, he said, it’s pressboard and plastic. In a fire, as their temperature rises, these items turn back into what they were made from: crude oil. Poisonous gases are released and ceiling temperatures may register from 11-hundred to 2000 degrees.

Smoke, Bonnar said, is a more common killer. And, finally, believe it or not: Bonnar said some firefighters, residing at the station, have to learn to operate mowers, weed wackers and even to clean a bathroom.

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