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Lack of Ventilation Because of a Lack of Performance

By Jarrod Sergi Ventilation is a critical fireground tactic that must be performed to not only affect saving trapped occupants but also to allow the engine company to quickly make a push to the seat of the fire. I have talked to firefighters from departments all over the country—large and small—about how they perform ventilation, specifically vertical ventilation, on the fireground. It was not uncommon to hear these firefighters say that vertical ventilation is going away or that it's becoming a lost art. Additionally, I have heard firefighters talk about the incident commanders (IC’s) decision to send a crew to the roof, with many saying something such as, “Our chiefs just don’t like us...

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