I have ridden a roof as it collapsed while trying to ventilate it,
Okay, I gotta ask: The house is on fire, the roof is mainly made from wood and you were ON it??? The mind boggles…What is the purpose of the roof venting anyway? Never done it in the UK.
Anyway, to answer the original post: If you’re the right man for the job I doubt you’ll find anything more rewarding or sometimes testing than being a fireman. I’ve only ever met one guy who left the service to pursue a different career-and he obviously needed his head examined
This particular fire was a multiple family dwelling,( apartment), it did not have any firewalls between units. Upon initial arrival it was engulfed fairly heavy.
The reasoning behind ventilating was to try and keep the fire contained in one section, and not have it spread to other units searching for more oxygen.
I didn’t make the call, I was just doing as I was told.
I made the first cut with the chop saw and the heat coming through the gap was enought to melt the blade guard.
when I was making the last cut the panel fell through, and the fire broke out from there.
The man on the hose nozzle on the roof with me was using the water stream to keep some of the heat off of me and during the process melted the nose cone of the nozzle.
when the roof gave it didn’t fall out from under me, it just sagged at an alarming rate. We were still able to get down with out much harm, but it was scary as hell riding a roof