In this firefighter training video, Orlando (FL) District Chief Walt Lewis and company discuss training on withdrawing hose when changing tactics during fire suppression.
Samuel Hittle offers a drill that focuses on how to gauge the amount of line to feed the nozzle team from the door or friction point when pushing, pulling, or making wheels.
Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this drill that uses a "well-hole," a buiding feature that can reduce the amount of lengths you must stretch to reach upper floors.
The value of fireground experience vs. company drilling is a conundrum.
Today, many engine companies around the country will roll out the door to working fires with three or fewer crew members.
We transitioned from the minuteman preconnected hose load to the triple or "S" hose load for our preconnects in the mid 1990s.
The hip grip and the crooked lean
One way to make firefighters' lives easier in terms of spotting a hydrant at fire calls: Use a preconnected, 50-foot long soft suction line to hook up to hydrants. Paul Shapiro talks about the advantages of this approach.
The more time a fire department spends developing an easier and more efficient method for loading preconnected attack lines, the less time it will take to deploy the lines at the emergency scene.
The 1¾-inch preconnect is the mainstay of the modern fire service. For most jurisdictions around the country, it is the initial attack line pulled for up to 80 to 90 percent of our fires.