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Chris DelBello

Training & Tactics

Chris DelBello is a 31-year veteran of the fire service. He currently holds the rank of senior captain with the Houston Fire Department, working in the Midtown District. He is also the district training officer, which encompasses all the stations in downtown and midtown, and holds a Training Officer II certification. DelBello also serves as a captain with the Fort Bend County (Texas) Emergency Service District. Connect with DelBello via email.

Back to basics – sounding and walking on the roof, using roof ladders, working from an aerial, cutting the hole and punching through
Focusing on command post location, VES tactics, high-rise incidents and mayday events
Use the swim method, grab your wire cutters and get help from other crewmembers
First things first: You do not get to cut holes anymore!
Know the construction methods, decking types and design approach that could impact your rooftop operations
This simple method for a quick cut on a pitched roof allows for fewer cuts and safer operations
While not the preferred method of ventilation in the modern era, horizontal ventilation remains a valid option in some circumstances
Your go-to options include a Halligan, roof hook, flathead ax, force wedge, thermal imager and flashlight
While not a replacement for the gated wye, the leader line is a great option at fires that require longer stretches
This unique mayday drill is highly realistic and physically demanding