Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
This is called "venting the roof." There are 2 basic reasons for this practice. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building. Unlike the movie versions of fires, it is impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment. When a hole is made in the roof because the building is "vented," the smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise. It makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of back draft and flash over.

Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic and stop the fire from spreading through the attic.

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1. Does the Fire Department offer CPR classes?
2. How do I get information about the Juvenile Firesetter Program?
3. Does the Village allow open burning?
4. Where can I go to get my blood pressure checked?
5. How can I schedule a fire truck or a firefighter at my function?
6. What should I do after a fire?
7. Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
8. Why do I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
9. Why does a fire engine respond when I call for an ambulance?
10. Why do I see firefighters cutting holes in the roof of a building on fire?
11. Can we schedule a tour of the fire station or have you come to a block party?
12. I recently received a telephone call asking for a donation that benefits our local fire department. Who receives the donations?