Firefighting, Truck Company

Venting for Extinguishment at Peaked-Roof Dwellings

Issue 10 and Volume 172.

By Nicholas Papa Ventilation operations vary throughout the country. The differences in tactical approach are typically based on region; culture; and, more functionally, the operational capabilities and the built environment specific to each agency. The situation that produces the most disparity (and contention) is ventilation at fires involving peaked-roof dwellings. Although conditions and resources are legitimate deciding (limiting) factors, often, we allow organizational norms (bias) to impact tactical decision making on the fireground. The insulated mindset of “We’ve always done it that way” or “We just don’t do that here” may not correlate to best practices—those rooted in logic and validated by experience and data. This mentality is often an indicator of a lack of understanding or, at the very least, closed-mindedness.   (1) The tower ladder sticks the valley, granting access to multiple sections of the roof, allowing the firefighters to cut both sides from the bucket. (Photo by…

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