Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lakeside Firefighters Train on Vertical Ventilation Techniques

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lakeside, CA

Lakeside Fire Department on-duty crews had an excellent opportunity to practice vertical ventilation techniques on a house slated for demolition to make way for the new Riverpark Fire Station and Administration Facility. Firefighters from the Lake Jennings and Riverview Fire Stations spent most of the afternoon cutting ventilation holes in the roof of the structure. Proper ventilation is one of the highest priorities when fighting structure fires and is performed to relieve the structure of smoke and superheated gases, making it easier to extinguish the fire. Eventually, all of the Lakeside Fire crews will have an opportunity to train on this house before it is demolished later this month.

Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Russo starts his cut while Engineer/Paramedic Chris Downing backs him up.

After the hole is cut and louvered, Engine 3's crew prepares to leave the roof.

Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm uses a saw technique that minimizes the chance that he could cut through a roof rafter. Such a critical mistake could result in roof failure and collapse.

Submitted by Captain Scott Culkin
Photos by Captain Wes Barnes

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