It is a rare event that any function on the fire ground takes priority over stretching and operating the first attack hose line. Although protection of life is an engine company’s top STRATEGIC priority, engine firefighters most often and most effectively protect lives by accomplishing their top TACTIAL priority; that is, operation of a hose line to protect occupants and truck company firefighters conducting search operations. Once fire control is achieved, truck company personnel can pass and go above a fire to conduct searches in relative safety. Additionally, searchers can “vent as they go’ to improve visibility and conditions for trapped occupants without the risk of supplying the fire with more oxygen or creating additional flow paths. This four-hour classroom session will examine engine company operations from water supply to fire streams. Specific topics include:
- Water supply options; when a reverse (fire to hydrant) hose lay may be indicated.
- How large diameter hose appliances increase versatility.
- Operating with booster tank water
- Apparatus positioning and size up
- Positioning and operation of the first attack hose line
- Why transitional attack is not a new concept.
- Tactics for “McMansions, mobile homes and attached garages
- Methods to stretch hose lines to upper floors of multiple dwellings that are not equipped with standpipes.
- Stretching beyond the reach of pre connects.
- How to reduce pressure fluctuations when supplying two hose lines with a wye.
Instructor: Bill Gustin, Captain, Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue
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