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Nozzle Reaction Simulator Can Improve Fire Attack Skills

10/01/2007
CONSIDER THIS SCENARIO: YOU ARE PUSHING THE hoseline down the hallway. Fire shows out of several doorways into the hallway; flames now lick over your head. You move down the hall-one room and then another, knocking down the fire as you advance. Heat keeps you low, down near the floor. The floor is slippery. Finally, you and your partner must rest. The nozzle reaction has simply worn you out. (1) A spring scale, a couple of loops of webbing, and a solid anchor make a good, practical, and accurate nozzle reaction-measuring system. Our experience with this system indicates that measured nozzle reactions are very close to theoretical values. (Photos by authors.)Click here to enlarge imageMea...

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