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Proper Nozzle Handling Technique

Tue, 21 Dec 2010|

Lieutenant Ray McCormack of the FDNY explains how to handle the nozzle when trying to bring a hoseline into a fire room.



[MUSIC] [SOUND] Hi, I'm Ray McCormack. Welcome to Training Minutes. In this segment we're gonna display proper nozzle handling technique. The firefighter is trying to make access to the last room with the hose stream. By holding it. Close to his body in the manner he has now. He'll be unable to turn into that room and deliver the stream to extinguish the fire. When he changes his hand position, he'll be able to bend the line into the room, successfully making and extinguishment of the fire. Same firefighter, same nozzle, same hose, different technique. Success. In this portion of our drill what you can do at your firehouse, you can do this on the outside or the inside of a vacant building. Want the firefighter their shoulder up against the wall, the grip close to their body, and try and see if they can make the turn into that room. In this scenario, they will not be successful. [SOUND] In this segment, the firefighter has the nozzle in front of his body. What this allows him to do is make that turn into that room and extinguish the fire. He hasn't physically move, but having the line in front of your body, allows you to gain access to areas that you were unable to get with the previous nozzle holding position. [SOUND]. This is a great drill to try at the academy or in the fire house. Have the firefighters hold the nozzle in two different positions and let them see for themselves the importance of proper nozzle position. I'm Ray McCormack and thanks for watching Training Minutes.

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