THE CHIMNEY FIRE
SOG FOR ENGINE CO NO 1
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: