Roof Operations “Read Below and give your Opinion”

What type of Saw do you prefer?When do you need a hoseline on the roof?

When do you need a Line on the roof?

Truck Company Operations vary so much based on manning and the culture of your FD. There are so many ways to vent a roof and all have there place. The questions are; What type of saw do you prefer and what are its positives and negatives? How long will your saw operate without refueling? What type of blade or chain do you prefer? Will your FD allow a K12 on a pitched roof and do you like using a K12 on pitched roofs? When do you prefer a Chain Saw? Do you like the depth gauge or no depth gauge? Do you like the sling attached or does it just get in the way? What have you found that the 30 tooth carbide blade will cut? How long will your composite blade last? What blade is left on the saw when sitting idle on the rig? How often do you run your saws?

What can the Thermal Imager do for you on the roof?


7 thoughts on “Roof Operations “Read Below and give your Opinion”

  1. Great topic for discussion Curt! In my dept we predominantly use Stihl 044’s or MS 440 chainsaws with 20″ bars with a Carbide tipped terminator Chain! ( Rapco Industries terminator chain) Pretty aggressive for todays light weight roofs. The con of this chain is if you have a dense type of sheeting ie: tongue and groove decking….the twin rakers on the chain protect the carbide, so the chain doesnt cut as well. Our Ladder Co. carries a standard carbide tip equipped saw for these instances. We use the chainsaw mostly for its reach and lightweight, and most of us in the Northwest US are used to using chainsaws! The circ saw or cut off saw isnt used as much here. In the state of Washington, there are only a few circ saws that are allowed to use a carbide tip blade for cutting, if the manufacturer has a recommendation to not use carbide blades, on their saws, then state safety laws state we must follow the manufacturers recommendation !
    As for using the thermal imaging camera on the roof, yes use it ! Sometimes you can see the the rafters and the roof layout ! This is especially helpful on commercial roofs !

    Pretty much the only time we have a hoseline on the roof is to take care of deck fires, or roof material fires. Never to be played into a ventilation hole ! The main point is to cut the hole and get off the roof expeditiously ! Another use for the line is if the companies below cant get to a hidden area of the attic or if the space has been modified during a renovation, then you might have to attack the fire from above !

    Depth guages and the like, we dont use them…..once you cut into your roof, you should have an idea of how deep you should be cutting….also you should know how far to overlap your cuts so you cut through all layers of material. I should note that chainsaws are even used in commercial roof ops here. Unless a prefire tells us we need to use circ saws.

    Slings are a personal preference with many in my dept. , generally they arent used, but we do have some available.

    As for using the K-12 on a residential roof? I have no experience using o