Previous roof training has been done using abandoned buildings slated for demolition, which availability has diminished over the years leaving firefighters with little hands on roof ventilation training. In 2001 Sonoma Fire Dept built a new station with a 3 story drill tower. The training tower services four fire districts and includes many training props; FDC connections, sprinkler head flow, confined space, repelling, forcible entry door, and the ventilation roof prop. Inspired by this development, three firefighters with over 80 years in the field combined developed a safer, cost efficient, and multi-use roof prop.


This new roof prop design gives stations and individuals answeres to the biggest challenge such as limited space, the anchor points for repelling, and the need for hose and ladder use and storgae. The prop has been designed and developed to be realistic, changeable, and the option to use other tools in collaboration.


Jim Barreto

Current Occupation:

  • Custom Metal Fabrications for 32 years

  • Fire Service History:

    • 1997 SVFRA Volunteer (Engineer) for 19 year


Jeff Paganini

Occupation History:

  • Capt. Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue / 30yr

  • Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue

  • (Services 32,000 in 100 square miles with four stations (3 staffed / 1 volunteer) and 3 type 1 engines, and provides paramedic service, staffing 2 ALS ambulances)


    Fire Service History:

    • 1975 High school work experience with City of Sonoma Fire Dept.

    • 1976 Volunteer City of Sonoma Fire Dept.

    • 1977 Seasonal CDF (Cal Fire)

    • 1978 City of Napa

    • 1980 City of Sonoma Fire Dept (Engineer)

    • 1990 City of Sonoma Fire Dept (Capt.)

    • 2001 City of Sonoma Training Tower Committee

    • 2002 JPA SVFRA Committee (City of Sonoma Fire Dept / Valley of the Moon Fire District combined)

Nick Greben

Occupation History:

  • Retired Lt. Oakland Fire Dept.


  • Fire Service History:

    • Volunteer Crockett Fire Dept / 7 yrs (age 16-23)

    • 1967-1973 U.S.A.F. Reserve-Fire Protection Specialist

    • 1971-1972 Petaluma Fire Dept.

    • 1972-2002 Oakland Fire Dept.

    • Education

      • 1964-1967 Contra Costa Junior College

      • 1967-1969 San Jose State - B.S. Business Administration.