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Tactical Safety for Firefighters: Coupling Coupling

02/09/2012
By Ray McCormack If only hose couplings would disappear! They seem to catch on every available step edge, corner, newel post, and door casting, causing delays during stretching. Although that wish is one that comes and goes during a moment of frustration, firefighters know no matter how aggravating they may become, they serve a life-saving function. The lowly hose coupling is a path identifier and lifeline for firefighters, providing direct escape information for those who can read with their hands. To read a coupling is not difficult, but it is a skill that leaves little room for error. Your fire gloves are difficult to read with, but those are the parameters of this learned skill. You m...

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