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Stretching the Initial Attack Line

Tue, 10 Jan 2012|

Nick Martin of Traditions Training discusses some issues firefighters face while stretching out the initial attack line. Sponsored by Globe.

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Welcome to fire engineering training minutes sponsored by -- turnout here. I'm -- Martin and today we're gonna talk about some problem solving revolutions. For stretching the initial attack line and leaking out your line -- some tight spaces let's go take a look. -- -- stretching hose line estimating the -- is one of the most important parts it is important that we not only have enough clothes that we don't have but we don't have too much who's either. Many departments in the country operate off of pre connected those lines here we have the last portion of a minute -- style reconnect -- of the engine. An easy way to estimate how much -- is that you have left on your shoulder is to count them the number of -- running across your shoulder. If you keep in mind that the average width of an engine is about eight feet. Each time one piece -- goes across my shoulder that's about eight feet -- -- using that estimation. I could estimate how much -- I have left on my shoulder and think about that in terms of how much it was I need to get my objective. In a best case scenario will estimate the stretch perfectly and we'll get there with just enough clothes line and not too much. In some scenarios the fire may be somewhere other than where we thought it is or perhaps we made an error in estimating -- stretch and in that case we need to be able to recover. If I was in this hallway here and heeded the call for water right away to be able to fight fire -- protect myself. If I was to simply throw this goes down on the ground it's gonna end up being a big king maps and we're gonna have little to no usable water flow. Coming out of or not. To an easy way to resolve that type of problem is to convert this line into a series of -- To do that what I'm gonna do -- I'm gonna take. My -- from the bottom of my shoulder load times and flip it over my right shoulder to keep it out of the way I left here with a series of -- Starting from the bottom I think -- -- gloved hand and go through each who working my way up towards the top it's important that you put. There you go from the bottom toward the top each hand coming through. With I have my -- through there I allowed to come off. On -- -- arm take my other hand run it through and open it up and Hulu. An important part to do next is not just -- throw it down what I'm gonna step into the loop and placed it. Down around like the at this point. I've converted into a line that flows out of the top and once I call for -- here I'll be able to achieve -- GP employ a lot of my nozzle. And also my line. Woefully out of the top and it may have smoothly with my object. Now let's take a look at this in real time. These days and -- -- -- are operating with minimum resources it's important that we the other to perform more skilled low manpower as you saw that line is easily deployed one firefighter now on a second firefighter becomes available these charged loops are easily moved around to sit and advancing the line -- the -- -- -- we can lift them up we can carry them where we want -- to go we can roll them out a little down the whole -- -- this. The staff or in a more narrow environment we can leave them against the hall who leave more room for firefighters to pass by. -- like to thank you for watching fire engineering -- minute and thanks to our sponsor we'll turn out here.

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