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Ladders and Chimney Fires
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 07:00pm - 09:30pm
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It's that time of year when the leaves turn and that burned dust smell from freshly fired furnaces — and with it comes a rise in chimney fires.  Chimney fires can burn explosively.  The first indication of a chimney fire is usually the noise — a roaring sound that grows louder as the fire intensifies, reaching temperatures of up to 2,000 F.  Ensure the occupancy is fully evacuated. And because all fires are unpredictable, firefighters must wear full PPE, including SCBA.

A Lancaster, Mass., firefighter operates at a chimney fire (Photo Scott LaPrade).
A Lancaster, Mass., firefighter operates at a chimney fire (Photo Scott LaPrade).

 

Location Station 1
Please bring full structure PPE Use the proper ladders when it is required to access the roof. Access the chimney area and remove the chimney cap, bird screens or spark arrestors. Visually inspect the chimney with a mirror to determine the extent of the fire. Be cognizant of the dead load you are adding to a roof structure, especially if there has been a significant amount of snow loading the roof support recently. Chimney fires rarely occur when the weather is good, so watch your footing in snow or freezing-rain conditions.