The Art of Reading Smoke with Deputy Chief Phil Jose

The Art of Reading Smoke can make your job easier.

It can also save your life.

Reading smoke can tell you a lot about how to fight the fire it’s coming from, but it is a skill you must learn over time.

Deputy Chief Phil Jose teaches courses on how to do it at places like FDIC.

Phil is a 30-year member of the Seattle Fire Department.

And he was a co-author of the book, Air Management for the Fire Service.

Get it here:

Learn to Read Smoke with Ignition Point Training

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Trivia question:

Who made the first SCBA to see widespread commercial use and when?


The first Scott Air-pak went into service in 1946.

Yes, there were others, but remember, I said “widespread” commercial use.