BEHIND THE PROP
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 answers 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.
Retired Fire Captain of Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue after 30+ years of volunteering and working with the fire department in Sonoma Valley.
Retired Fire Captain of Oakland Fire Department after 35 years of working on U.S.A.F. Reserve, Sonoma, Petaluma, and Oakland's fire departments.
Over 19 years of volunteer work with the Sonoma Fire Department and an expert in custom metal fabrication.