Appratus & Equipment: Suburban Fire Department, Urban Mentality: Nozzles

Part 2 By Steven W. Stein In part one of this series, "Suburban Fire Department, Urban Mentality: The Fast-Attack Engine Company," Steven W. Stein described the the Forest Park (OH) Fire Department's (FPFD) approach to engine company operations. The FPFD uses three types of nozzles: smooth bore, vindicator, and combination. Smooth Bore The smooth bore nozzle is most prevalent on FPFD engine companies. Going back to the core beliefs of the FPFD fast-attack engine company's maintaining high degrees of hostility and aggression toward fires, the smooth bore delivers the highest number of gallons per minute (gpm) per capita. [1] The advantages of high gpm and low-discharge pressures ...

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