Archive for August, 2010

Triple Roof Prop

Aaron Foster from DCFD sent in these photos of three different roof props they have at the DCFD training facility. The first is flat roof, the second is a 6/12 pitch, and the third is a 12/12 pitch. The frames of the props are made with doubled up 2×10’s. The joists are made with 2×6’s (with 2×4’s on top) attached to the 2×10 frame with joist hangers. The 2×4’s are on top as sacrificial pieces that can be easily (and cheaply) replaced after someone runs the saw too deep. The props are mounted to telephone poles that are buried into the ground. The cut surfaces are simply sheets of plywood that can quickly and easily be removed and replaced after each training exercise. The painted areas of the prop show the “do not cut” areas, and ladder placement on the pitched roofs. These props are an extremely simple and effective way to teach (and perfect) saw technique. It allows for a large group of people to observe the cutting operation to maximize on the learning opportunity.

The photo below shows the entire frame without the sheeting, you can see that the sacrificial 2x4s are not yet in place.

The picture below was taken with the prop upside down on the bay floor. Its just a closeup of how the 2×6 fits in the joist hanger with the 2×4 on top (actually on bottom in this case since the prop is upside down)


Do you Really Know?

Do you really now that building in your area where you run to all of the time for fire alarms or service calls? Have you ever taken the time to do a thorough walk around to learn all of its intricacies? Do you have a pre-plan, have you ever read it, and is it even up to date? While we know that this probably isn’t in your first due area, it is in Ladder 12’s. FEO West McBride from High Point (NC) Ladder 12 sent in these pictures of a recent find the crews of Ladder 12 and Engine 26 discovered during some area familiarization.

This style of roof construction is more prevalent than you may think, primarily so the AC units can all be placed on the roof out of sight. So think about it… Do you really know your first due?


2010 FOOLS Convention

Jimm Walsh, co-founder and webmaster here at will be presenting at the upcoming 2010 FOOLS Convention on September 24th. He will be presenting: ”The Lost Art of the Truck Company.” Check out the FOOLS International website for more details.

Here is a short write-up about the program:

The Lost Art of the Truck Company: Truck company functions have quickly become the lost art of the fire service. Many common fire ground tasks are done simply because that’s what people were trained to do. Many firefighters do not truly understand “why” they are performing certain tasks on the fire ground. Learn some of the most important reasons why truck company functions need to be performed efficiently and effectively at every single fire.


Double Decker Crib

We recently received an email from Chris Johnson, the Vice President of the Fire Instructors & Officers Association of New Hampshire with information for this extremely interesting product. The pictures speak for themselves:

While these cribs were originally intended to be used in day care centers, it would not be unreasonable to find one in a residential setting for a family with twins. In fact, there are a number of websites geared toward marketing these cribs specifically to parents of twins. One of the available options for these cribs is an acrylic gate as shown below. The acrylic gate is a special concern because in a low visibility environments, the crib could certainly be mistaken for a bookcase, dresser, or some other piece of furniture. Another interesting situation created by these cribs is that unlike a common crib were the child can simply be lifted out, these have to be “un-latched” to remove the child. Some of them have some intricate latching systems, obviously we could get it open in no time, it’s just another thing that we’d have to deal with. This once again proves the point that we never know what we may come across out there.


Closet Roll-Up

Here is another interesting place to find a roll-up door. Lieutenant Brice Reynolds from Augusta (GA) Aerial Truck 1 sent in this picture (taken by Sergeant Bobby Fleming) of something they ran into during a smoke removal operation after a cooking fire in an apartment building. This bedroom closet had a storage building style roll-up door complete with slide type padlock assembly. The occupant stated the roll-up was present when she rented the apartment, and the building owner stated that it could used to keep roommates from disturbing personal items. (Perhaps re-reevaluating your choice in roommates would be in order if you felt this was necessary…)

It’s another example of something unexpected we may come across during the primary search. The fact that this is present (and behind an outward swinging door) should be enough to justify passing it and not searching it during the primary. An announcement of its presence may be appropriate on the radio (depending on department procedures,) and special consideration of checking the area during the secondary should be in order.