SOURCE: MonierLifetile


June 10, 2009 14:38 ET

Firefighters Raise Their Own Roof on Fire Station in San Bernardino

MonierLifetile Concrete Tile Roof Is Fire Safe and Energy Efficient

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - Times are tough but firefighters don't back down from a challenge. The seven firefighters of Station #224 in the City of San Bernardino were living in a space of 1500 square feet until they decided to save taxpayers some money and remodel the fire station themselves. The station remodel added a second story and 2000 square feet.

Captain Tom Hanneman, who has worked for the fire department for 17 years, was a roofer for Kelly Roofing in Redlands before he became a firefighter. That skill is coming back to him as he is installing the MonierLifetile concrete roof tile on the station. "I will be up on the roof installing tile and a call will come into the station; I get off the roof and into the truck," said Hanneman. Aside from the roofing, the firefighters have performed most tasks for the remodel aside from the dry wall, stucco, and the hot mop section of the roof. "We have some multi-talented firefighters in our department," said Hanneman. The firefighter's labor on their remodel has saved the City of San Bernardino a substantial amount of money. "It's our fire house and we're taking a lot of pride in remodeling it," added Hanneman.

The community has helped raise the roof as well. MonierLifetile donated its Elevated Batten System, which raises the tile off deck to create air space that provides an effective thermal barrier and air flow that prevents heat build-up. MonierLifetile also donated their Vented Eave Risers which allow additional air space ventilation at the eaves and allows cool air to enter the sub-tile area. The roof system components complement the 47 squares of MonierLifetile's Barcelona profile, topping the fire house with an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and fire safe roof.

Brandguard Vents donated their ventilation system to Station #224. Brandguard Vents work to prevent rapidly spreading wildfire brands from entering an attic space due to their overlapping baffles incorporated in the vents. These baffles act as a barrier to break the momentum of windblown flames and embers. Chapter 7A of the Building Code requires builders and roofers to use vents which resist the intrusion of flames and embers when building or reroofing in fire prone areas.

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