Engine Company, Firefighting, Fireground Management

Stretching and Advancing the Initial Handline

Issue 10 and Volume 167.

By ANTHONY ROWETT JR. An engine company’s most basic function is to get water on the fire. To perform this task, the company must effectively stretch and advance the hoseline, which involves getting the hoseline from the hosebed on the engine to the position inside the fire building from where the fire attack will be launched. As a professional, it is important that you can perform this basic task in a timely and effective manner. The most aggressive crews of firefighters are worthless if they have not stretched and advanced their handline in a manner that will allow them to attack the fire. What good are engine companies who stretch a hoseline to the front door of a burning residence and advance the line into the building only to find that they need another 15 feet of hose to make the turn into the bedroom that is on fire? Remember,…

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