The Volunteer’s Corner

Issue 3 and Volume 117.

The Volunteer’s Corner DEPARTMENTS OPENING up a roof seems to be one of the toughest jobs for volunteer firemen. It is often not done in time. And when it is, sometimes the work is poorly done. One trouble may be that volunteers seldom arrive on the fireground as a ladder truck company. This means that the men rounded up to break open a roof do not understand the assignment. Any hole in a roof must be large enough to be effective and it must be made soon enough to speed the entry of hose lines into the building. The entire theory of modern fire fighting is based on getting fog lines to the seat of the fire. Their limited reach means that the hose crews must be able to penetrate the building quickly. If vertical ventilation is required to make entry possible, then opening the roof is a must. Shingles…

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