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Safety Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Department Actions

Q:  Why did firefighters break windows and cut holes in the roof?

A:  As a fire burns, it moves up, down and across, growing very fast. Breaking windows and cutting holes in the roof is called ventilation. This slows the fire’s growth. It helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. It helps them fight the fire more quickly. In the end, ventilation can help save lives and property.

Q:  Why do firefighters cut holes in walls?

A:  Firefighters may cut holes in the walls to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls.

Q:  How can I get a copy of the fire report?

A:  In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it by requesting a copy from the fire department at 816.969.1300. The fire report will provide you with information your insurance company and other official offices may need.