Piercing Nozzle Tactic for Attic Fires - Structural Firefighting


by BILL NEMICK Nearly 20 years ago, as a young company officer, I responded to a fire that was nearly disastrous for my crew and me. Now referred to as a “near miss,” this fire forever changed my outlook on attic fires and ultimately led to my adoption of the piercing nozzle technique. That night, a fire had started in a second-story apartment in an older, eight-unit building. The first-in engine company attacked the fire and seemed to have extinguished it without issue. I was the company officer on the second attack line, and the only thing we encountered when we entered the building was light smoke. While we were overhauling, we noticed that it was getting uncomfortably hot. At first, I...

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