Rielage, Robert R.
February 2005
Fire Chief;Feb2005, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p40
Trade Publication
This article presents information on lessons taken from an accident, where fire fighters lost their lives due to metal roofs. May 15, 2004, was the day when two fire fighters fell off the roof while controlling the fire. What was initially apparent was that the 12 foot roof ladder had come undone from the cap of the burn building's metal roof. Both firefighters had ridden the ladder down the roof to the edge of the 2-story building, then fallen 30 feet to the asphalt pavement. One of the most rewarding aspects of this ordeal was being able to watch the department pull together and channel its energy toward the support to the firefighters and their families.


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