Cutting the Truss Roof.. Should We?




Getting on and Venting a TRUSS Constructed roof is a big question? Can it be productive? Can we minimize the risk? What tools are the minimum? What are some considerations? Does your FD VENT TRUSS ROOFS?


Look at all photos above. Do you think they made a difference by venting the roof?

14 thoughts on “Cutting the Truss Roof.. Should We?

  1. It is not about the truss but what is under it, not under it or setting on it.

  2. Without being there its hard to say but it appears fire was already threw the roof on arrival therefore in my opinion a pointless use of manpower to do something already achieved by fire.

    • What I gather from looking at the bottom picture, what I assume to be the first picture taken on scene, is this:
      Looking at the flag in the front yard, the wind is blowing pretty hard from left to right (bravo to delta). It’s dark so the occupants are most likely at home, not at work. Since they are not standing in the front yard pointing, I’m assuming they are in bed (on the delta side of the structure). Reading smoke, most of the smoke is coming from the bravo/charlie corner and being blown toward the delta end. The fire doesn’t appear to have vented through the roof but more likely from an opening on the charlie side of the structure.

      With life safety our primary goal, I want to make a stop before fire gets into what I assume are the bedrooms on the delta side of the structure. I DO want a truck company on the roof to vent the roof and keep or draw the fire towards the bravo side of the structure. That will assist fire attack teams in making a stop in the center of the strucure and allow search and rescue teams time to clear the structure.

      Answering the initial question, I do think a positive outcome was achieved by venting the roof.

      Now, my questions. Where did the fire start? What time was the fire? Were the occupants home? How much of the structure was lost from the incident?

      CMT / TFR