Firefighting

WHEN THE PRECONNECT DOESN’T REACH: INCREASE HOSEBED VERSATILITY

Issue 3 and Volume 154.

BY JOHN BALES Over the course of our fire service careers, we have been assigned to or have given the order to “pull the preconnect.” Regardless of whether the preconnect is a 13/4- or 21/2-inch line, it can’t reach the desired location. How do we rectify this situation that is dramatically delaying our initial fire attack? STRETCHING SHORT In the Golden (CO) Fire Department, as in many other departments, the required stretch for primary, secondary, and backup lines exceeds the length of preconnects at some incidents. A random survey of Denver metropolitan area fire departments reveals that preconnected hoselines range between 150 and 300 feet in length. The Golden Fire Department, like any other department, is very good at stretching a 200-foot preconnected hoseline into the average single-family residence or other similar occupancy. The 200-foot preconnect works exceptionally well at most incidents and is the primary tool for fire control…

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