This class will focus on developing skills performing vertical ventilation on both peaked and flat roofs. Students will review and perform various options for accessing the roof, safe operations while on the roof, as well as identifying natural openings to be vented at a fire. Students will learn important aspects regarding vertical ventilation such as when to vent, where to vent, and how to vent. Students will vent roofs using traditional tools such as the ax, sledgehammer, halligan, and hook, and will also spend considerable time working with power tool such as the cutters edge chain saw & the partner style roof saw. Students will be exposed to various cutting techniques designed for specific buildings to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional 4 x 4 vent hole. The ventilation course can be delivered as a standalone class or it can be incorporated into the Ladder Company Operations class.