Firefighter Training Drill: Covered Skylight

Firefighters operate on the roof of a large building, and smoke wafts up through an opening.

By Nick Martin

This quick drill is an overview of the hazards of “covered skylights” on commercial buildings. This construction feature is a common hazard that can kill or injure firefighters. Some quick discussion on their features and hazards should be followed up by a company drill and area familiarization to discover where they may be located.

Download this drill as a PDF HERE (128 KB).

NICHOLAS MARTIN is a battalion chief with the Columbia (SC) Fire Department and a 20-plus-year veteran of the fire service. He previously served as a lieutenant with the District of Columbia Fire Department. He is a vice president of Traditions Training, LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in management from the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at Johns Hopkins University.



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