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ENGINE COMPANY STANDPIPE OPERATIONS: TACTICAL USE OF 21⁄2-INCH HANDLINES, PART 2

Issue 6 and Volume 158.

BY DAVID M. McGRAIL In Part 1 (May 2005), I discussed the fundamentals associated with the tactical use of the 2 1/2-inch handline, explaining the seven keys to success when using the so-called “Big Line” and the overriding importance of the “can-do” attitude. Continuous training hones these critical skills. (1) Denver (CO) Fire Department (DFD) Engine Co. 15 has a 350-foot, 2 1⁄2-inch preconnected attack line located midship in the crosslay (Mattydale) hosebed. A 2 1⁄2-inch preconnect is standard equipment on a DFD pumper; at longer lengths, such as 350 feet, it can be used as a preconnect or a static hosebed when shorter stretches are sufficient. (Photos by author unless otherwise noted.) Click here to enlarge image In Part 2, I outline several specifics associated with the tactical use of 2 1/2-inch handlines on the fireground, including operations with the 2 1/2-inch preconnect, the 2 1/2-inch static hosebed, and…

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