Attic Fires: Hazards from Above

BY MIKE DALEY Making an aggressive interior attack on a well-involved structure will require a considerable effort from the initial-arriving companies. However, any time that the suppression forces have to deal with a considerable fire in an overhead space, there will be some monumental obstacles to overcome. Below are some of the characteristics that the on-scene companies will have to identify to efficiently handle fires in these spaces. ATTIC, COCKLOFT, VOID SPACE First, it is imperative that the first-arriving units determine what type of overhead space they are dealing with. For our discussion, we will stick to attic spaces and point out some similarities they share with cocklofts an...

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