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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Going Vertical - Venting the Roof

Here are some interesting sites related to truck work (ladder companies). I found a new blog which covers the various aspects of the truck companies at The Bravest Online ( offers a video showing a decent look at a ventilated roof. This video is a great training tool. Note how all the smoke coming from the eaves is rerouted once the roof is opened up. Lastly, I offer you this video below. These various roof ventilations show that once you cut through the roof, you still need to pierce the ceiling of the floor below to properly ventilate.


Anonymous said...

Thats how you are suppose to put the fire out instead of standing in the street trying to put it out with the radio.We can't fight fire like that here in Roanoke because everyone wants to be in charge and they can't go in cause there too scared!

FireFleitz said...

Easy there buddy, I think that our firefighters put fires out just fine. While vertical ventilation is done in Roanoke, it is not a common occurence. We are a very aggressive interior group. Unfortunately we do not have the staffing to do vertical ventilation unless we have two trucks on scene. Every department has their own niche. We just don't do it everyday. I bet if you asked, our Truck companies would get it done. Providing they weren't forcing entry, searching, or R.I.T. among other things.

I just think a little more credit is due.

Anonymous said...

What a dumb ass,Look around there shorty i dont think roanoke has made many parking lots in the last 10 years, Roanoke is one of the most aggressive interior departments in virginia!. We need to start opening more buildings from the top,2 reassons we dont vent that way,and rhett is right 1. Manpower and 2. We really have not pushed that in the past. If its a commercial flat roof building leave the fans on the truck and open the roof!

Anonymous said...

Rhett if you want to show a great truck company video on your site go to youtube and type in the roof is on fire,(There are a couple of them on there) The one you want say's under that "just a bunch of guys on a roof doing things quietly" It shows some great truck compnay work and the band is playing a cover of johnny cash's ring of fire. now that's entertainment!!!!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Not entertainment... just another day at work.

Keep up the great work Roanoke!

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
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Los Angeles Fire Department

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FireFleitz said...

Thanks for stopping in Brian. I met some of your guys up in Toronto at the IAFF Convention.

Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Interesting timing on this post. About two weeks ago, I heard the Training Division Staff talking about wanting to use the Hurt park complex to drill on this very subject.

Anonymous said...

One of the major reason we don't go up on the roof in Roanoke, other than manpower, is that most of the commercial buildings in Roanoke are thrown together using lightweight steel trusses. In a fire they last about 10 minutes and then look like pretzels. And the roof starts lossing its integrity.

If you want to see what I am talking about, go to Valley View this week and look at the crap they are building right now.

Be safe!