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JAN 2017

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The building industry divides roof coverings into two broad categories: 1) built-up roof coverings and 2) prepared roof cover- ings. Built-up roof coverings consist of several layers of materials applied to a roof. For example, a tar and gravel roof covering is a built-up roof. This roof covering is used on flat roofs. Prepared roof coverings are used on peaked roofs, and these materials are usually nailed to a wood roof deck. The most common prepared roof coverings are slate, tile, wood shingle and sheet metal, and each presents significant slip and fall hazards to firefighters. Slate is a rock naturally found in smooth-surfaced layers. Tile shingles are pieces of unglazed fired clay. Wood shingles, used mainly on the West Coast, and sheet metal roofs, used mainly on the East Coast, are slippery when wet. Slate, tile and wood roof coverings, when dried and old, can crack under a firefighter's weight. An example of the hazards of slate tile cracking occurred when a firefighter walking on slate shingles lost his balance when one tile suddenly cracked and slid out from under him. He slid down the sloping roof until the toe of one of his boots fortunately got caught in the roof gutter. He was able to call for help, and another firefighter holding onto the ridge rafter with one hand pulled the firefighter to safety with the other. There are several causes of slate and tile shingle becoming cracked or loose: One of the connections can be destroyed by fire; hose streams striking a sloping roof can push up or break tile sec- tions; and the roof deck to which tiles are fastened can be charred and destroyed. In some instances, a roof deck undernearth can be completely destroyed by fire, and yet slate or clay shingles remain in place and look stable and undamaged. Unlike the above-roof SAFETY & SURVIVAL ONLINE THIS MONTH Making Oakland a "Teachable Moment" The fast-moving blaze that engulfed an Oakland warehouse, killing 36 and injuring dozens, sparked a number of discussions on inspections and per- mitting, fire prevention, WEB EXCLUSIVES Searching and Shoring Void Spaces Lt. Michael Daley digs into the topic of shoring voids to help conduct searches at structural collapses with his latest article. He explains the different types of voids and what type of shoring can be used to pro- vide safety for rescuers and victims: firehouse. com/12286352 . Supplements & Special Content Firehouse.com now features a section that is home to all Firehouse supplements and spe- cial content. Download supplement PDFs on apparatus design, firefighter health and safety, station design, PPE, fire service credentialing and more: firehouse.com/special-content . Get Connected: facebook.com/firehousecom twitter.com/firehousenews instagram.com/firehousemagazine Request information at Firehouse.com e-inquiry RED-FIRE Six Point Breakaway Public Safety Vest • Re-force Velcro at the shoulders • Performance Cut for access to turnout coat pockets • Ultra-bright chevron pattern for maximum visibility • Meets the latest ANSI / ISEA 107-2015 standard OVERHAUL EYE PROTECTION Unbreakable Ultra Flexible & Anti-Impact • Anti-impact, 2 MM Lens • Anti-fog • Scratch resistant • UV 400 lens technology • ANSI Z87.1 compliant • Durable lightweight frames Unbreakable Ultra Flexible & Anti-Impact Anti-impact, 2 MM Lens UV 400 lens technology Six Point Breakaway Public Safety Vest FIRENINJA.COM Durable lightweight frames OVERHAUL POLARIZED SMOKE 360 779 Commerce Dr. Unit 11 | Venice, FL 34292 | sales@fi reninja.com 855-850-FIRE FireNinja.com 10% OFF Use coupon code: GONINJA sprinklers and other topics. In the days fol- lowing the tragedy, Daniel Byrne reminded the fire service that they must step up and make the Ghost Ship a "teachable moment" for fire and life safety education. Read more at firehouse.com/12285556 . How Can They Know? Dr. Harry Carter shares a dozen tips to help veteran firefighters pass along their knowl- edge to the next generation. Carter says too many senior firefighters spend time com- plaining about the inexperience of new members instead of tak- ing the time to share what they know. Find Carter's advice here: firehouse.com/12282751 . 24 l Firehouse l January 2017

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