Recently, there has been discussion over the importance of not advancing into a fire until you have cooled the smoke with a wetting agent

Recently, there has been discussion over the importance of not advancing into a fire until you have cooled the smoke with a wetting agent. The theory is that once the smoke is cooled, reheating of the combustibles in the compartment will be slower, as the cooled smoke can no longer produce the radiative heat conditions to support flashover. Reportedly, smoke conditions will not worsen, contrary to what has been taught in many fire academies. What has been your observation, experience, reflection, or reasoning for wetting agents or even water on cooling smoke? Do you support this? Why, or why not?

discuss why it is dangerous and the interior conditions will worsen if you cool smoke. Please do not use any outside material to support your argument. This may not be what you believe; however, you are to support why this concept should not be used in firefighting.

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