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  • Chimney/winter roof ops

    I was just wondering what if anything any departments do for a refresher training for chimney fires and winter roof ops with winter rapidly approaching?? I'm trying to get ideas to conduct a detail for this issue.

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    Find a local homeowner that burns wood, and offer to clean their chimney for them - before they have a chimney fire. Beats having to do it at 3:00 am when it's 30 below.

    Treat the drill just as you would an actual chimney fire. Roof ladders, clean ashes out below, radio communications between the roof and down below, etc.

    Obviously, you need to use caution as to not damage the roof or chimney.

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      chimmney fires

      We actually build a chimmney about 12' high in our parking lot. We use cinder blocks and then insert the ceramic flue. As we build the chimmney, we coat each flue with roofing tar as we go along. This tar has a petroleum base in it that we set a fire. At the base we set a fire like any homeowner would. The roofing tar gets going, and the smoke starts pumping out the top. The smoke is thick and then the fire starts coming out. As this is happening, we use our depts. sop's and the put the chimmney fire out. This prop is really good for new firefighters, they see and hear all the effects. The flue will start to break and the flamming cap is very impressive. We use a step ladder to simulate working on the roof. We go over all sop's for roof operations, laddering the structure, entry to home, ect.ect.

      I will try to post some pictures of this training in the near future. Any questions, e-mail me.

      Stay-Safe!

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