6/6/2005 - Highrise Training & Safety

Hackensack Fire Department: Division of Training 


Highrise Safey
Seguridad contra el Fuego en Edificios

The Hackensack Fire Department conducted high-rise firefighting training during May at the Bergen County Fire Academy, which provided the HFD with an opportunity to conduct live fire training. It enabled the trainees to practice the current operating procedures for high-rise fires. Each shift spent the day training on this evolution to improve the skills necessary to properly handle a fire in a high-rise building.

The definition of a high-rise is any building that has floors that are out of reach for an aerial ladder, which usually means buildings that are six stories or higher. The unique construction features of high-rises make fighting fires very challenging. These fires are often unpredictable when they occur on the upper floors and often produce a great amount of heat and smoke, making it difficult to get in and extinguish the fire. A larger hand-line is used to provide firefighters with a more powerful stream of water that will enable them to attack the fire using the reach of the stream and a large amount of water to extinguish the fire.

High-rises often house many occupants, which increases the life-safety factor. These fires are extremely manpower-intensive and require a very coordinated and organized attack. The fire department took advantage of the facility that the Bergen County Fire Academy has to offer in order to simulate fighting a fire in a high-rise. The HFD took the opportunity to fine-tune their skills to make sure they are prepared to fight these fires and continue to provide the city with the best protection possible.

What you can do in a highrise fire:

Highrise Safey
Seguridad contra el Fuego en Edificios