Assume the following scenario.
1. Attic fire in single story ranch house.
2. No walk up stairs to attic, but there is either a set of pull down stairs or a hole in the ceiling with a cover allowing access into the attic.
3. Upon arrival, fire is not through the roof, but burning in a 10 X 20 foot area immediately around the pull down stair/hole in ceiling.
1. Access: is it best to access through the pull down stairs/hole in the ceiling? In essence, the hose crew will have to go through the fire to get into the attic, unless they bounce the stream off of the underside of the roof to knock down the fire before going into the attic. Or should the attack crew open up another hole away from the fire?
2. Manpower: Considering the tight operating conditions of most holes/pull down stair access (or through the ceiling joists if you go that way), is it OK to send one firefighter into attic with the nozzle, with the second in visual and voice contact immediately below? Personally, I think it is better to send two up to work as a team, to help with maneuvering the hose and bringing a hook or other tool to ensure any pockets are opened up/extinguished. This may involve the nozzle man going up first, making a knockdown and then signaling to the back up man to enter the attic for assistance.
Thanks for reading.