Article and photos by Paul Shapiro
When using water for the extinguishing agent in fire suppression, the goal is to match the fire volume (British thermal units) with enough water to put it out. This is not a new concept. Firefighters have done this for decades.
How about a preconnected monitor supplied by a single 2½-inch line? Flows up to 500 gallons per minute can be obtained up to 200 feet.
The BA gives a new meaning to initial fire attack. Instead of thinking gpm for extinguishment, the concept of gallons per second now comes into play. Hit Big Red with everything you can to stop him dead in his tracks.
Paul Shapiro is Director of Fire Flow Technology. He is a nationally recognized instructor on large flow water delivery. He is also a retired engineer from the City of Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department. Paul has authored numerous articles for fire trade magazines. He has been in the fire service since 1981 and is author of the popular book Layin’ the Big Lines and produced the first in a series of videos on large flow water delivery. Paul can be reached at 702-293-5150 or Layinline @aol.com to answer any questions.