A veteran Miami (FL) Fire Rescue firefighter was hospitalized after falling through a roof during a store fire in Little Havana.
According to an NBC 6 report (http://bit.ly/ykyKzW), the firefighter, a 25-year-veteran of the department, was opening the roof to check for fire extension when reportedly stepped on an air conditioning duct. He fell through the roof, plummeting nearly 20 feet to the floor. A Mayday was issued on the fireground.
The firefighter was transported to an area hospital with injuries to his lower back and legs. He was in stable condition.
Roof operations are vital to successful firefighting operations, but they present various hazards for firefighters assigned to perform them. For more training information on roof work, consider Primary Roof Ventilation Operations for Flat-Roof Structures, FDIC 2011 Workshop Focuses on Roof Operations and Fire Behavior, ROOF OPERATIONS : LIGHTWEIGHT TRUSSES AND VARIATIONS, PRIMARY ROOF OPERATIONS AT MULTIPLE-DWELLING FIRES, and OPERATIONS ON PEAKED-ROOF STRUCTURES.