Truck Co.Operations: Ventilation - Real World Roof Operations

Instructors: Rick Brocius, brian bastinelli and Will Skinner

In today’s fire service, Truck Companies are everywhere.  But don’t be fooled!   There is a huge difference between a Truck Company, and a Company with a Truck! The purpose of this class is to educate you on the difference, and the “how to’s”, to achieve successful vertical ventilation operations on the fire ground. 

In this classroom and HOT program we will cover and discuss buildings such as SFD’s, Row Homes, Multi-family dwellings, and Commercial buildings.  We will discuss issues and inherent dangers that come along with these types of structures. 

The HOT program is a very labor intensive program, and will require a lot of hard work!  We’ll also be taking students through the various types of construction most often utilized in all of these structures, and the firefighting challenges created by each of them. 

The class will continue by looking at various strategies and tactics that can be employed to effectively gain control of a fire, from the Truck Company Operations stand point.  From size up and resource deployment, to banging ladders, and aerial apparatus positioning! 

We’ll also take a specific look at Row House operations and how to best handle these fires.

Row houses and their inherent firefighting challenges are not just an urban problem. These houses and their counterparts the duplex home can be found in many small towns and rural areas east of the Mississippi. While this style of construction can vary from region to region the same basic strategic and tactical concerns are faced when dealing with a fire in a row or duplex home. The concerns of voids, rapid fire spread and exposure issues are often compounded by the conversion of these homes to multiple dwellings as well as neglect. In urban areas the issue of gentrification creates a situation where the building becomes a hybrid of construction types which can challenge the beliefs that many firefighters and officers have about these buildings.

This part of the program will take students through the various types of construction most often utilized in row and duplex homes and the firefighting challenges created by each of them. The class will continue by looking at various strategies and tactics that can be employed by incident commanders, company officers and both engine and truck firefighters to effectively gain control of a fire in a row house or duplex home. From size up and resource deployment to stretching lines and venting windows this program outlines ways to effectively attack and control fires in these challenging structures.