Vent-Enter-Search of Today’s Fire Buildings

At FDIC on Monday, March 21, Fire Department of New York Captain Michael Dugan presented students with a slideshow and videos of ventilation, entry, and search (VES), which are the basic required duties of a truck company at every structure fire. They must be performed in a coordinated and controlled manner to protect the firefighters and officers operating inside the fire building. Students reviewed and reinforced their knowledge of these three important truck company skills and the need to control and coordinate the duties of the truck company with those of the engine company.

Dugan used his extensive firefighting experience to convey the importance and potentially deadly situations that roof operations at fire buildings can present to truck companies and their members. He talked about the several different types of buildings that may generally require VES in the event of a fire, which included residential buildings, flat roof multiple dwellings, and peaked roof private dwellings

Dugan stated, “Venting is having more of an impact on fire development then ever before. If you are just opening up a fire building without a vent plan, you will need to plan for a new building. You don’t have time to wait and see what happens; you need to know what is most likely going to happen.”
“Venting is how we can impact the fire, be it either positive or negative.”

Dugan also talked about the differences between venting for fire and venting for life, primary and secondary searches, and interior and exterior operations.

Dugan concluded with tips on roof safety and the types of tools which are best used for these operations. However, he stressed, “The most important tool is your head.”


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