CHATHAM—As part of its ongoing training, the Chatham Fire Department conducted a June 25 ventilation drill using a roof simulator made by department members. One section contained asphalt shingles over orientated strand board (OSB) while the other was covered with sheet metal roofing. Interior firefighters supported by exterior firefighters used various saws, pikes and halligans to simulate a “live fire” drill without putting the firefighters in danger. Ventilation is a common practice to open up part of a roof to allow heat, smoke and steam from heated hose water to escape from an interior fire.
The department is committed to maintaining a high state of training and readiness in order to provide safe and comprehensive prevention and fire response services in the village and surrounding areas, according to a press release. For more information or to find out about volunteering, email