Firefighting, Truck Company

Venting for Fire, Venting for Life

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

Firefighter on a roof with flames venting
Photo courtesy the Indianapolis Fire Department
By Joseph Ficarelli and Karen Lavarnway Your engine company pulls up to a good working fire in a three-story private dwelling. The fire is not out any windows, but smoke is issuing from every crack in the building. You as the engine company grab the line, go to the front door, flake out the line, and start the push. At first, you open the nozzle and a wave of steam and heat comes at you. It’s hot, brutal, punishing work. Then, like magic, the tides change. Smoke and superheated gases start leaving the building, and the push and final extinguishment become almost simple. What changed? The truck company started to vent. Training Minutes: Coordinated Ventilation Limiting Fire Damage Through Coordinated Ventilation Coordinating Ventilation with Suppression Fire Ventilation and Flow Path Control: Michael Reick A well-coordinated fire attack involves teamwork between the engine and the truck. The outside truck members understand…

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