National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Roof Operations

05/24/2012
Roof operations can be one of the most treacherous jobs you can be asked to do during a fire attack. Light weight construction and designer roofs, such as tile, offer an increased "live load" prior to the fire department ever arriving. Couple this with a live fire underneath and add inclement weather conditions like those noted in this report and now a truly hazardous environment exists. Prior to commencing roof operations, several considerations need to be addressed. First, how are firefighters going to access the roof? Once they have gained access how can two egress points be safely established? Next, and most important, what is the roof made of? What is the support system lik...

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