Get Off The ROOF!!! “It’s Dangerous!”

Please Do Not Get on any ROOF without proper training and supervision. Supervision by an experienced Fire Officer who knows when and when not to be on a roof. Roof Operations  require proper training, experience, and staffing that allows enough firefighters do the other tactics that have a higher priority. If you have not cut a roof on an acquired structure or roof prop, than do not get on a roof with active fire beneath it. I personally require all firefighters to be breathing air while operating on the roof. I also require that conditions allow for firefighters to be beneath the roof/ceiling, so if you were to fall through, there is an on deck company ready to assist. Please do not miss read this post. It is very short and is strictly to bring focus on roof operations and that this tactic can be beneficial on the fireground. It is not as dangerous as some want us to think it is. Yes, if your understaffed and not properly trained; it could be very dangerous. If your fire department does not normally conduct roof operations, than do not get on the roof.

How Many Firefighters last year got killed performing roof operations?

How Many firefighters got injured last year performing roof operations?

How many firefighters in the last 20 years were killed or injured performing roof operations?

I can’t find one LODD from performing ROOF OPERATIONS while wearing full PPE!!

But I can find one after another where firefighters were  KILLED On The Nozzle!!

Roof Operations are not the PROBLEM!! Firefighters, Officers, Chiefs, and organizations that have forgotten our mission…  That’s the PROBLEM!

Thank God our military doesn’t take the same approach.

We need more Fire Service Leaders to understand our MISSION and get back to our CUSTOMER.  Lives and PROPERTY.

STOP using UL as your excuse/crutch to shut down aggressive firefighting.

STOP using UL so you can generate articles that have never existed and get yourself speaking GIGS on how to stand outside and RISK NOTHING.

Check Out http://www.firefighterrecues.com  It’s Worth The Risk!!

Curt Isakson, Supporter of Aggressive Interior Firefighting..

Watch Video Below and then click on link to article on not vertically ventilating.

“Next Time you use your fireplace, please  shut the FLUE”  Let me know how it works out…

Video below is AWESOME!!  Watch what happens with Vertical Ventilation and Water Application in 4 minutes. Listen to bystander. They still expect us to rapidly extinguish FIRE.

Click on LINK and read article..

http://community.fireengineering.com/m/blogpost?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A620250

13 thoughts on “Get Off The ROOF!!! “It’s Dangerous!”

  1. I believe vertical ventilation works, like it did in this video!! The problem that most departments have is getting 4-6 hose lines into operation, and vent a roof, within 4 minutes because of staffing. If you can coordinated venting-water application it works. The thing UL/NIST are saying what the video showed. That when roof ventilation happens, expect rapid fire growth, which happened in the video.
    How many Fire Department have as many people responding as LA? Not many!! The point of this is to realize that rapid fire growth occurs when fires have the right conditions, and venting fires in all cases can be dangerous.