Truck Company

Dangers Lurking Above

Issue 6 and Volume 172.

ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO   Dangers Lurking Above Once a fire is knocked down, one of the functions of a truck company is to overhaul the fire area—to check or search for fire extension and allow the engine company to wash down any smoldering areas, bays, or structural elements (wall studs, ceiling and floor joists). Many of us have been taught to open up past the area of fire involvement until we hit the “clean” or unburned area so we ensure the fire hasn’t spread beyond that point and we don’t run into our fiercest enemy hours later: “Mr. Rekindle.” Overhauling is done when the fire has been knocked down; “opening up” is performed while still chasing extending fire in voids, ceilings, walls, and attic spaces.   Concrete Ceilings Opening up the ceiling of a bathroom with an extending fire in a multiple dwelling seems very simple…

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