Tactical Safety for Firefighters: Who Moved My Hoseline

03/23/2012
By Ray McCormack "Who Moved My Hoseline?" is not the title of some cheesy fire service business book, but rather an exploration of fireground expectations. For firefighters to operate even marginally on the fireground, initial hoseline placement must be based on either egress protection or fire extinguishment. What extinguishment platform are your firefighters using? Are your citizens benefiting from it? Fire extinguishment is the penultimate goal of an egress-based handline. For many fire departments, egress protection is the first hoseline-placement priority. Many incident commanders do not realize which hoseline-placement theory they use or why. When hoselines are not protect...

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