Firefighting

Tips from the Pump Panel

Issue 10 and Volume 162.

By GERARD J. NAYLIS A fire department arrives at a well-involved two-story garden apartment fire that is burning throughout a second-floor dwelling unit; fire coming from the windows has spread into the combustible attic space. The buildings are situated l,000 to l,200 feet off the main road. The complex’s hydrant is fed by a dead-end six-inch water main. The first-arriving pumper [1,500 gallons per minute (gpm) with a 500-gallon tank] stops at the hydrant at the complex’s entrance and drops a five-inch supply line. The fire’s volume requires heavy-caliber streams. The incident commander (IC) orders a deck gun to hit the main body of fire using the prepiped 1¾-inch smooth bore master stream. He orders a 2½-inch hoseline with a 11⁄8-inch smooth bore tip to the adjoining second-floor apartment where the fire is now spreading. Engine crews stretch a second 2½-inch hoseline with the same nozzle to combat the fire…

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