Primary Concern:   Whether or not the fire has extended outside the chimney and is

                                threatening the building’s walls or ceilings


Quick Inspection:  Either a chief (or a company officer if a chief has not responded) will

                               make a quick inspection of the interior and exterior areas to determine

                               if the fire has extended.


       If the fire has NOT extended, we can reduce our “pucker factor” quite

                               bit and move more deliberately to take care of the problem.


                               If the fire HAS extended, we then move quickly to contain it to the

                               area(s) of origin and then take care of the initial problem.


Secondary Actions:  After the fire has been contained or it has been determined that it has

                               not extended, we follow this fairly standard procedure:


            Engine Company:  1. Take a chimney kit to the interior.  The chimney kit

                                                includes a metal bucket, a small coal shovel, asbestos

                                                gloves, a salvage cover, a 2 ˝ gallon extinguisher.

                                           2. The engine company firefighters remove the fire from

                                                the stove/fireplace to the outside and use a PW to

                                                extinguish the fire.

                                           3. These firefighters will locate the cleanout and prepare to

                                                shovel out the material that will come down the chimney.


            Truck 1:  1. We will ladder the building (preferably with the aerial since it will

                                offer a safer platform from which to work).  But we may have to use

                                ground ladders if we cannot access the chimney with the aerial.

                            2. Coordinating with the interior engine company, we will chain the

                                chimney either with the chain if it is a circular or old style chimney or                              expanding cleaner if it is a newer square flue.

                            3. We will continue this operation until the engine company determines

                                that the chimney is reasonably clean.    

                            4. It is usually best if there are two firefighters at the tip of the ladder,

                                one of whom has a portable radio for communication with the engine

                                company or the fireground commander. Both firefighters can spell

                                other during the cleaning process.

                            5. It is also a good safety procedure for company members to spot the

                                tip of the aerial ladder as it is swung into position so that the operator

                                can avoid power, telephone and TV cable lines and tree branches.



NEW MEMBERS:  Red & yellow tag firefighters can assist in this operation by:  

  1. Helping set up the truck for aerial operation (set the ground panels and engage the pins in the outriggers).
  2. Gathering the needed equipment (the chimney chain box, asbestos gloves and handlight) and placing it near the turntable.
  3. Helping to spot the turn of the aerial ladder.  
  4. Assisting in carrying and throwing the ground ladders if needed.
  5. Assisting in the cleanup and gathering of equipment. 
  6. Other actions at the direction of a company officer.