Tactics & Applications

Attic Fire – Top Down Attack

Ground Ladder Access

Tactic:

  • Deploy a ground ladder with safe footing.
  • Throw a roof ladder if necessary.
  • One firefighter ascends ladder with SpikeHammer™ and AttackSpike™ Nozzle.
  • Advance to top 1/3 of roof.
  • Use flat side of SpikeHammer™ to help locate space between rafters / trusses.
  • Pierce roofing materials with the SpikeHammer.
  • Insert the AttackSpike Nozzle fully and flow water.
  • There is no need to tie off the nozzle or man the nozzle once inserted.
  • Water can flow continuously and can be controlled with a gated wye from the ground.
  • Additional AttackSpike Nozzles can be deployed or crews can be assigned to another task.

Tactical Consideration:

  • Utilize multiple AttackSpike Nozzles in complicated rooflines with multiple peaks.

Tool Configuration:

  • Standard length AttackSpike Nozzle with Shield Tip to suppress active fire in Attic.
  • Standard length AttackSpike Nozzle with Mist Tip to protect space from advancing fire.

Access from Bucket or Stick:

  • Place aerial in a safe location to provide the best access possible.
  • Place the bucket/basket/stick within 2 feet from the roof in the top 1/3 portion from the peak.  Use a pick head axe, pike pole or HammerSpike to create a hole in the roofing material and sheathing.
  • Insert the AttackSpikeXL™ Nozzle in far enough to clear rafters or trusses.
  • Flow water from an 1¾ in. line off of the aerial waterway.
  • The benefit of the 5 ft. reach is deploying the nozzle from the aerial device without having to be on the roof.  It is not necessary to insert the tip the full 5 ft. length. Ensure the tool is far enough in the compartment to clear rafters or trusses but not so far that stream reach is limited.
  • The AttackSpikeXL™ can be stored on the boom or beam of the ladder for quick access.

Tool Configuration:

  • Five foot length AttackSpikeXL Nozzle with Shield Tip to suppress active fire in Attic.
  • Five foot length AttackSpikeXL Nozzle with Mist Tip to protect space from advancing fire.

 

Categories
WordPress Theme built by Shufflehound. © 2018 Flashpoint Fire Equipment, Inc. - All Rights Reserved