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From the rig to the Roof… Do you have an operation?

Lead Instructor: Collin Kelley The West Coast Offense
Details: 16 hours over two days, Thursday AND Friday. A boxed lunch will be provided each day. Parking on-site is limited, please carpool if possible or use shuttle bus!
Dates/Time: February 27th AND February 28th, 2020. 0800-1700 each day. Class may go longer depending on conditions.
Price: $380 (this is a 2 day class)
Required Equipment: Full turnouts, including helmet and gloves. SCBA is NOT required!
Shuttle Departure: TBD
Location: Chemeketa / Brooks Training Center - 4910 Brooklake Rd NE Salem, OR 97305


Description: The importance of roof operations extends far beyond the physical act of vertical ventilation. Although arguably the most important reason for going “topside”, vertical ventilation is only one half of the total value of a company on the roof. Generating “lift” of the “neutral plane” and “leaning” out the fire in the interest of locating and facilitating a safer, faster knockdown is job number one of the roof team. However, the information an experienced roof company can provide for the overall stabilization of the incident can help the I.C. make an intelligent “guess” for a “go/ no go” decision. The value in the information relayed to the interior companies, as well as the incident commander, can truly lend itself to FF life safety and incident stabilization. The roof team, often times, has a global view of the structure and can provide critical information like construction type and overall span of said construction, specifically when dealing with lightweight versus conventional and any associated fire involvement and heavy loads being supported. They are often the first ones to obtain a C-side view of the rear of the structure. These are just a few examples.

We feel many vertical ventilation classes do not provide the student with a well rounded skillset that focuses as much on the cut as it does with the decision making process and continued size-up of the incident.

This class will provide the students with an overall game plan to a flat roof operation including

• Throwing primary and secondary ladders. Where and why.

• Appropriate sounding techniques.

• Choosing the correct path of travel based off construction type.

• Vertical vent: Making the opening and associated choreography between “cutter” and “puller”. This will include the how, where, and when in achieving coordination between water and air (Coordinated Fire Attack).

• Extending on the opening (with & against construction) and why one over the other.

• Level of aggression with location of hole & cutting operation when dealing with pre-engineered construction versus conventional or legacy construction.

• Radio Comms: What to say and what not to (No Pertinent Negatives).

• Running Attic Fire versus living space fires and possessing the “tactical discipline” to communicate with interior prior to taking action.

• 2 truck operations: a second roof team arrives topside. How the communication and coordination should look between first and second “cutter”/ teams.

• “DropBag” operations for hoseline to the roof for roof team protection against surface fire, smoke control for saw performance & accountability, and most importantly in the event of a roof member into the roof.

• Lastly, to provide the students with an SOG on Roof Member Rescue/ Mayday and steps they can take right now with the equipment they have at their disposal to help save that members life in the event one of their teammates falls through the roof or has a cardiac event while operating topside.