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When two handlines are operating on an advanced fire in a store

special call an extra engine and ladder


Transmit a second alarm for

> extension to the cockloft
> extension to the adjoining occupancy
> or for an advanced fire in the cellar.


Storefront Window:

If fire is in the cellar the ladder company officer can give permission to remove the window after communication and coordination.

If a Store/Cockloft fire it must be communicated and coordinated with ladder company officer, IC must give permission, and a charged line must be present.


A hole _____________, where possible, is recommended.

8' x 8'

When it is not possible to make an eight feet by eight feet cut in a serious cockloft fire or where a heavy heat and smoke condition exists in the cockloft, the largest opening possible shall be made.


The immediate ventilation and cutting of an effective size hole on the roof calls for _______________________________ on the roof.

A Roof Sector Supervisor must supervise roof operations when

two saws and four members

more than one power saw is working on the roof.


In many cases where entry is delayed or where the pulling of ceilings is impossible due to fire conditions or ceiling construction, a hoseline or lines operated properly into a trench cut may confine the fire.

Before these lines are operated all members in the stores must be withdrawn.


Tactics (store fires)

The first arriving engines must position their lines if possible, between the people and the fire.

Break the store front windows for line advancement and leave the exit doors free for the people to use.

The first two hand lines should be stretched to the store involved.

Additional lines should be stretched to the adjoining stores.

A line may also be required on the roof to protect personnel and exposures once the roof is opened.


Tactics (cockloft fires)

Operate hoselines directly into roof openings. This generally is not a good practice but in some cases may be the only way of hitting the fire and controlling it.

Note: Before lines are operated into the roof all interior operations must cease or personnel withdrawn to a safe area. It must be remembered that the primary purpose of roof lines is to protect members operating on the roof and prevent fire extension to exposures.


Cockloft Fires
First engine company: -

When fire has control of the cockloft and the need for exposure protection is critical, position the engine to utilize the deckpipe.

Stretch a handline into the most seriously exposed occupancy/building, depending on life hazard and the location and severity of the fire.

When exposures are not an immediate problem, then the first line should be stretched into the store under the main body of fire and operated to extinguish the fire.


Second engine company: - When fire has control of the cockloft

assist first engine with initial line.

When staffing and conditions permit, stretch a line into another seriously exposed building/occupancy and operate into the cockloft to confine and extinguish the fire.

It may be advisable to skip stores in order to confine a cockloft fire.


The roof firefighter or Roof Sector Supervisor, when assigned, should relay information on the following to the Incident Commander:

A. Size and shape of the building.

B. Location and volume of fire or smoke.

C. Exposures-sides and rear.

D. Roof loading-signs, machinery, etc.

E. Evidence of cockloft fire.

F. Roof construction.
- Presence (or absence) of extending parapets or evidence of fire walls.
- Differences in levels of the roof
- Cornices - information on height, depth, opening into cockloft, etc.
- False fronts extending over the roof.


Cockloft: 1st Roof takes saw

1st LCC:

No Fire in Cockloft: Join FE Team

Fire in Cockloft: Roof


Roof Firefighter

When the member going to the roof is carrying the saw, a hook must also be taken.

Members going to the roof subsequently should bring an ax or iron with the saw if available.


Truck companies, other than first or second arriving on the initial alarm, should report in with their _____________ foot hooks besides their normal tool complement.

10 and 12'



Maximum permitted area of structure is
10,000 - Faces One Street
14,500 - Faces Two Streets
17,500 - Faces Three Streets

The area of the structure is the area between exterior walls or between fire walls.

This area may be doubled if the area is sprinklered.

Concealed roof space areas to be cut into areas of 3,000 square feet or less by fire stops.

When wood purlins and cross braces are used for suspended ceilings, the space between the ceiling and the floor or roof above is to be cut into areas of 2,000 square feet or less by firestops.

Cellar ceilings are to be fire retarded.

Openings on a lot line to have at least 3/4 hour protective assemblies.



Maximum permitted area of structure is 7,500 square feet if unsprinklered.

There is no limit to area if the building is sprinklered.

Sprinkler systems required in spaces exceeding 7,500 square feet also require a siamese.

Concealed spaces in ceilings unless sprinklered should be firestopped into areas not exceeding 3,000 square feet.

Parapets shall be at least two feet high.


Columns in taxpayers can be made from wood, cast iron, lally columns (steel or cast iron) or masonry piers which support the beams. Cast iron columns are unpredictable and fail, on the average, in about ___ minutes in fire endurance tests.

A: 10

B: 20

C: 30

D: 60

C: 30

Taxpayers (3.7.1)


During a company drill on taxpayer fires, you ask your members to discuss LCC duties. They would be correct to say that after properly positioning their apparatus, when should the LCC report to the roof (if no tower ladder operations are required)?

A: 1st due LCC at a cellar fire

B: 1st due LCC at a cockloft fire

C: 2nd due LCC at a cockloft fire

D: 2nd due LCC at a store fire

B: 1st due LCC at a cockloft fire

A. Joins the forcible entry team. Taxpayers (8.2.2 4c)

B. Taxpayers (8.3.3 4c)

C. Joins the forcible entry team. Taxpayers (8.3.3 B 4c)

D. Joins the forcible entry team. Taxpayers (8.3.3 B4c)