By Samuel Hittle
During a push, the request for “more line” is subjective and open to interpretation by the door position. Too much line can shove the nozzle forward or become a cluster when operating in an obscure footprint. Too little will delay the advance or cause the nozzle position to focus more on pulling the line then directing the stream. As Chief Dave McGrail preaches, it is more practical to ask for more line in terms of feet.
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This drill looks at how we can gauge the amount of line we feed the nozzle team from the door or friction point when pushing, pulling, or making wheels.
Samuel Hittle is a lieutenant for the Wichita (KS) Fire Department and an instructor with Traditions Training, LLC.