Brothers & Sisters,
A brother posted on our Facebook wall the following question for a research paper. Please respond with your answers. There is an answer from one of our Brotherhood Instructors, LLC guys (an FDNY member) below. I don’t think that they answer has to be as elaborate as the one below, but any information will help. Please jump in and help him out. He will collect the answers via this blog.
Please realize that this is NOT a CRITIQUE on how things SHOULD be done, so refrain from adding commentary to the responses about
how YOU think THEY should operate. There are no right or wrong answers here!
The question is as follows:
Which municipalities have their Roof Firefighter(s) wear their SCBA to and/or while operating on the roof?
One answer from one of the Brotherhood Instructors, LLC./FDNY firefighters is here:
Jeff, I know in NYC we are required to wear our packs to the roof, and I agree with the procedure, and here is why:
We do not cut peaked roofs as an initial operation (meaning no one from the first two truck companies go to the roof as a com…mon practice). At peaked-roof private dwelling fires, our Roof FF will team up with the OV, and VES the bedrooms opposite the fire. I would say that 99% of the peaked-roof private dwelling fires are extinguished without opening the roof.
For flat-roof operations, we are required to wear them because after completing our primary roof duties (one of which include sweeping the heavily charged stairway bulkhead for victims), we are required to team up with the 2nd due Roof FF and drop down the fire escape to VES each apartment above the fire floor from the top down.
I have also had to mask-up at several top floor and cockloft jobs where we were working close to the hole, cutting and extending the primary roof cut. All of the guys at those jobs that decided to drop their masks, were driven away from the hole and either unwilling or unable to assist.
Hope that helps, anyone else with any thoughts? We have firefighters from all over the world here, jump in!
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