Safety Videos

While conducting a search firefighters were trapped by the fire.

Once finished with vertical ventilation operations everyone should leave the roof.


Firefighters create a backdraft.

Sounding a roof continuously during roof operations is important to identify weak areas prone to failing.

Watch the front door at 0:27 seconds.

An example of a well run fire. Remember risk a lot to save a life, risk nothing to save anything less. In this case there were no people to rescue so defensive operations were undertaken until the fire could be controlled.

Backdraft in a storefront.

During this fire training session that went bad there were no fatalities. Crews poured gasoline on the first floor of the building. As crews were preparing to ignite the gasoline the safety engine had a mechanical problem. For the 30 minutes needed to replace the engine the vapors from the gasoline filled the lower level of the structure. As a crewmember approached the structure with the flare it encountered the gasoline fumes. To prevent this type of accident it is best to avoid using a structure that does not meet NFPA 1403 requirements.

Roof Operations

Wear PPE.

Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE)