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The 2 1/2 Inch Handline

The 2 1/2 Inch HandlineBY ANDREW A. FREDERICKS For decades, 212-inch hose was the mainstay of fire departments across the nation. Despite the widespread availability of smaller, lighter 112-inch hose after World War II, many fire departments continued to use 212-inch hose exclusively for interior and exterior firefighting. Urban fire departments in particular--confronted with large factories, high-rise office buildings, and residential neighborhoods crowded with combustible housing stock--found the limited flow of 112-inch hose insufficient. In New York City, 212-inch hose was required for all structure firefighting up until the late 1960s. During the early 1970s, a combination of factor...

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