A cause and effect diagram, often called a fishbone diagram (below), can help in brainstorming to identify possible causes of a problem or even sorting ideas into useful categories. As firefighters, most of us learn from visual learning styles. The fishbone diagram below is a visual way to look at cause and effect of thermal radiation. The effect is displayed at the fish’s head, with the possible contributing causes to the effect of thermal radiation listed on the bones. The main cause of thermal radiation is at the very top or very bottom of the fish in red font. The diagram identifies possibly five reasons why thermal radiation from a flame is of importance in fire behavior and combustion. In addition, it is important to the safety of firefighters.

Fishbone Diagram

From the diagram above, discuss if you believe thermal radiation can compromise a firefighter’s ability to escape from or survive a fire if trapped in a compartment 10’ x 10’ x 8’. Why, or why not?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.