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Hallway Hose Stretch

Thu, 26 Dec 2013|

Lieutenant Ray McCormack of the Fire Department of New York discusses a method for stretching out a hoseline from a standpipe to minimize firefighters' exposure to the flow path and make your fire attack more efficient.

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Transcript

[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi. I'm Ray McCormack. Welcome to Fire Engineering training unit. And today, we're going to do a standpipe stretch. We're gonna stretch from the standpipe outlet to the fire apartment. One of the things that's gonna happen during this stretch is that we're gonna lay all our hose out in the hallway, dry. We have the door closed, we're maintaining the integrity of the fire area. So we can do a try stretch. We're within the flow path once this door opens and our line is beyond the fire area, but that's okay because what this stretch is going to do for us is it's going to eliminate the need to pull line. We have all the hose we need, right here. Once it's laid out we can make entry rapidly. [SOUND] One of the things you'll notice is that we're using two different size hand lines. Now, a lot of places do that for their stand by operations. The one thing that it does give us is the ability to leave rapidly. In other words. Once you touch the smaller diameter hose and transition to the larger, you know automatically that you are on the way back to the stand pipe outlet. So this different hose size actually makes us have a safer operation if we have to leave in a hurry. At this point the fire fighters are ready to move in. We're gonna change this from an uncharged to a charged line. They're gonna bleed the line. They're gonna make sure they can get entry. And once they do, this 50 foot piece of hose will be the only thing that moves and that stretches over, and they'll have a nice clean entry into this fire area. [SOUND] The line is charged. The firefighters will bleed the line of any additional air and check their flow to make sure that they have a proper flow. [SOUND]. [NOISE] Always want to check your flow before you make entry into the fire area [NOISE] Fire fighters advancing checking to see if there is any fire [UNKNOWN]. To the fire room. What you just saw was a hose stretch within the flow path and beyond the fire area. When you do a stretch like this and you lay out the house, just the way we did here, it's gonna make your fire attack that much easier, that much smoother and there's less chance of you running out of air. I'm Ray McCormack, thank you for watching Training Minutes.

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