On Tuesday evening Cold Spring Firefighters gathered at the Village Municipal Garage for a tools training and familiarization session, focusing on saws and roof ventilation. The focus of the drill was to teach firefighters proper use and handling of gas powered chainsaws and roof saws. This was accomplished by allowing members to demonstrate proper cutting skills by cutting wood pallets that stood in place of roof panels.
On the fire scene, firefighters may be tasked with “ventilating a roof” by cutting a hole with a roof saw or other means. This is done as part of a larger tactical plan in order to allow heat, smoke and gases to ventilate from a structure. If done correctly it will ease interior conditions and allow advancement of hoselines or search teams. Things such as proper depth of the cut, location of the cut, roof angle, etc. are essential in determining the effectiveness of the ventilation – and most importantly are essential in assuring the safety of firefighters on the roof, in the structure and on the fire ground.
*Interested in volunteering? Fill out an application, stop by on one of our drill nights (every Tuesday @ 7:30pm) or give us a call 265-9241