The Superior Fire Department got some time on the roof Tuesday, Sept. 15, and they didn't have to go very far to do it.

The SFD borrowed the Fire Vent, a roof simulator that can be moved for varying pitch degrees, from the Cloquet Area Fire District, said Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon. That along with the classroom and large outdoor area at fire headquarters on Tower Avenue meant firefighters could do all their training in one place.

"It's great to have it all in house." he said.

The firefighters learned about checking the roof for safety and cutting holes into the roof to vent the fire. Many of the newer firefighters in the department have never had a chance to actually cut holes into a pitched roof, Gordon said.

"They read about it, but it's something else to go up there and actually do it," he said.

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Superior firefighter Dan Sertich, left, watches John Melcher, right, cut holes into a simulated roof as Devin Shaw, kneeling, and Jeff Baker, on lower ladder, watch during training at the Superior Fire Department Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior firefighter Dan Sertich, left, watches John Melcher, right, cut holes into a simulated roof as Devin Shaw, kneeling, and Jeff Baker, on lower ladder, watch during training at the Superior Fire Department Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior fire instructor Jon Francisco, right, helps firefighter Nathan VanMeter, center, as he practices rooftop safety on a chalk drawing before going up to the rooftop training device Tuesday, Sept. 15. Firefighter Jeff Allen, left, waits for his turn. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior fire instructor Jon Francisco, right, helps firefighter Nathan VanMeter, center, as he practices rooftop safety on a chalk drawing before going up to the rooftop training device Tuesday, Sept. 15. Firefighter Jeff Allen, left, waits for his turn. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior fire instructor Dan Sertich, right, keeps an eye on firefighter John Melcher as he cuts a hole into the rooftop training device that the Superior Fire Department borrowed from the Cloquet Area Fire District Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior fire instructor Dan Sertich, right, keeps an eye on firefighter John Melcher as he cuts a hole into the rooftop training device that the Superior Fire Department borrowed from the Cloquet Area Fire District Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior fire instructor Jon Francisco, left, helps firefighter Nathan VanMeter as he uses a chainsaw rigged with chalk to practice rooftop cutting before going up to the rooftop training device outside of the Superior Fire Department Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior fire instructor Jon Francisco, left, helps firefighter Nathan VanMeter as he uses a chainsaw rigged with chalk to practice rooftop cutting before going up to the rooftop training device outside of the Superior Fire Department Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)