This is what it feels like to run into a burning building

23 Oct 2020
By Rob Slade, Writer at Unite Students

“Sometimes you’ll literally be on the floor. You can’t stand up and you can’t kneel up because it is so hot.”

“It’s pitch black and it can be quiet. You just don’t know what’s in front of you.” It’s hard to imagine quite what it feels like to be caught in a fire. And yet, our own actions can very easily put us and others into that exact situation. Hopefully that’ll never happen, but if it did, you’d be relying on the fire service to help you. Here, we speak to Watch Manager Paul Henbest about what it actually feels like to run into a burning building, and what each and every one of us can do to ensure we’re never caught in one.

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Rob is a writer at Unite Students.