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Drill of the Week: Hose Handling I

Teamwork is essential to hoseline advancement. It's needed not only between ventilation crews and the hose team, and the search and rescue crew and the hose team, but it is also critical among hose team members. We all want to be on the nozzle; however, the role of the nozzleman's backup is just as important for rapid extinguishment of the fire. The objective of this week's drill, from Howard A. Chatterton's Volunteer Training Drills-A Year of Weekly Drills,is to improve hose-handling skills and practice working as a team.To conduct the drill, a pumper, a water source, and attack lines are required. A video camera would also be useful as a tool to evaluate performances. Reference NFPA 196...

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