The Second Line

  Fire department operations at structural fires many times require the use of a second hoseline. There are a number of tactical assignments that this second line can take, based on the location and intensity of the fire as well as the physical...


  Fire department operations at structural fires many times require the use of a second hoseline. There are a number of tactical assignments that this second line can take, based on the location and intensity of the fire as well as the physical arrangement of the involved building and the...


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The first hoseline is almost always the line that will locate, darken down and finally extinguish the main body of fire. The second hoseline, however, is often the line that prevents the fire from taking hold on the floor above the fire or in an adjacent exposure. Knowing where the second hoseline is needed, how many lengths will be required and how to get it there quickly makes it a vital tool for the incident commander.