When we respond for a report of an odor of smoke in a building at a commercial occupancy, a crew is almost always ordered to the roof. Why?
A Gordonville (PA) firefighter was injured after falling 20 feet from a roof during a fire on Saturday, according to reports.
Gary Bowker addresses three of the most important “reads” of which a fire officer must be aware to successfully extinguish a rood fire.
The ability to reach the seat of the fire quickly with an aggressive fire attack and then conduct efficient search operations simultaneously undoubtedly saves lives at many residential fires, writes David DeStefano.
Brian Zaitz asks, We often associate vertical ventilation with saw cuts in the roof, but what happens when the saw doesn’t start or it fails in the middle of the cut?
In this firefighter training video, Mike Ciampo and company share some tips on positioning the tower ladder bucket, including details for flat roofs and dealing with parapets.
In this firefighter training video, Ric Jorge and company demonstrate a method for securing viable working space when dealing with "steep, slippery, or sketchy" roof areas.
Since the beginning of the fire service, collapses have been a particular concern for responders. Building structures, regardless of the materials used in their construction and design, are susceptible to collapse for a variety of reasons. Hurricanes and tornadoes have a devastating effect on structures. The impact from fires and explosions certainly can add to any building`s instability. Building failure is usually the most destructive effect of earthquakes. Failures of building components suc