Mittendorf’s essay Rotary Saws and Chain Saws, portions of which appeared in his book Truck Company Operations, has been reprinted over at the County of Los Angeles Firefighters’ Association website. The essay is worth any firefighter’s time. It details the strengths and weaknesses of both rotary saws and chain saws, as well as saw safety and what to look for in a fire rescue chain saw. This is what we got out of it.
- Chain saws should be used for roof ventilation.
- Rotary saws should be used for everything else.
County of Los Angeles Firefighters’ Association, Chief John Mittendorf, “Rotary Saws and Chain Saws” (PDF)