loon-frame construction makes it entirely
possible for you to advance hoselines
to fire showing on the first floor, second
floor, or attic without realizing that you
are surrounded by fire that is spreading
around you in walls, below you between
floor joists, and in ceilings over your
heads. A fire that begins in the basement
of a balloon-frame residence will rapidly
take possession of the entire structure
unless it is aggressively stopped by pulling ceilings and opening walls.
Begin by pulling ceilings where they
converge with exterior walls. Additionally, a basement fire can extend vertically
in the walls by following the plumbing.
Open walls in kitchens, bathrooms, and
wherever water and waste piping may be
present. This is a very personnel-inten-
sive and physically exhausting operation.
The incident commander must be pro-
active and call for additional companies
at the first indication that fire is running
the walls in a balloon-frame structure.
This is especially important in hot
weather because firefighters performing
strenuous tasks will tire quickly.
Coordinating engine company and
truck company operations is critical.
When truck company firefighters open
walls and ceilings, engine company
( 4-5) The outward-swinging burglar gates that fortify the inward-swinging front doors of this
house are usually fortified with tubular dead bolts.