Engine Company, Firefighting

Bringing the Medium-Diameter Line Back into the Mainstream

Issue 08 and Volume 172.

TRAINING NOTEBOOK ❘ By JONATHAN BRUMLEY If your experience is anything like mine, you will have noticed that many engine companies rarely attempt to deploy a 2½-inch line. The 2½-inch line has been relegated to the sidelines, seeing action only after a fire has long since been declared defensive. Some departments have even opted to remove this line from their service completely, leaving only small-diameter hose in their arsenal of handlines. RELATED TRAINING Systematic Views of the 2 1/2-Inch Handline in Fire Attack The Initial Line Off-the-Beaten-Path Engine Company Tips Although departments push further into the usage of 150- to 200-foot crosslays with 1¾-inch handlines, they do so at the cost of basic skills such as estimating stretches and proper hoseline selection. True, the crosslay is generally more than capable of handling the typical one- or two-room fire in a residence, but you cannot assume that it is the right…

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