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Flat-Roof Operations: From the Street to the Roof and Back

BY ANTHONY AVILLO The roof is one of the most pivotal strategic points of operation on the fireground, yet many departments fail to address the required tactics aimed at controlling the interior weather conditions by access and vertical ventilation of the top of the structure. There are few areas more important than the roof when attempting to successfully mitigate a structural fire. In this article, I will address some of the basic roof activities, cover some operational tips, and discuss awareness considerations when operating on the roof of the fire building. Productive prefire activities, roof access, operational tactics and considerations, termination of the roof operation, and egres...

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