By Joseph Goldstein
One of the first tasks for firefighters arriving at a house fire has been to ventilate the structure so that hot gases and smoke can escape. It has been this way for generations: a ladder company roof man opens a hatch or saws through the ceiling while other firefighters break windows as they search inside, often before putting water on the fire.
However, house fires have changed. Now, spurred on by at least one horrific firefighter injury last year, the Fire Department of New York is rethinking its residential firefighting tactics while trying to maintain its culture of aggressive interior firefighting—advancing inside burning buildings as fast as possible.
As it is the largest municipal department in the country, its new course may well affect the tactics of other fire departments.
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