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Firefighting Techniques: Lead Length or Weakest Link?

By Colin Kelley Scenario: You arrive to a working garden-style apartment with heavy fire exiting from the second-floor front door. Do you give much credence to the metal hand railing at the top of the landing? Well, you should…   Engine Company Tip In this scenario, you will have to begin knocking down the fire from the stairs prior to entry. When making the approach with your initial attack line, the mental size-up that each firefighter performs should also identify whether or not the metal hand railing is being exposed to fire. Why? At a recent apartment fire, the initial 2½-inch attack line was stretched to the stairs and charged. Fire was knocked down in the second floor breezewa...

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