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Lodi firefighters train for rooftop rescues

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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:36 am, Fri Nov 11, 2011.

Lodi firefighters braved any fear of heights Thursday as, one by one, they climbed up a ladder that can stretch up to 100 feet to the roof of a building to hone their skills with veritical ventilation.

Firefighters from each of the city's four stations accompanied Battalion Chiefs Ron Penix and Gene Stoddart to the top of 101 W. Locust St. with a chainsaw and an ax, learning where to cut holes and that would best ventilate a building that has caught on fire.

By allowing pressurized smoke to escape through a hole cut at the top of a building, firefighters will not only be able to safely enter a building at other access points and see inside; the ventilation also helps reduce the power of the fire.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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