Back To Basics: Advancing Attack Lines

TOPIC: BACK TO BASICS: ADVANCING ATTACK LINES TIME REQUIRED: THREE HOURS MATERIALS: TWO FULLY EQUIPPED PUMPER, STRUCTURE FOR USE IN ADVANCING HOSE REFERENCES: ESSENTIALS OF FIRE FIGHTING, FOURTH EDITION, IFSTA, CHAPTERS 12 AND 13 AND...


          a. Staffing to advance and operate the attack line

          b. Water flow requirements

          c. Location of and access to the fire

         d. Ability to deploy the attack line quickly and efficiently

         e. Attack line length choices

 D. Attack Line Hose Loads

     1. Minuteman load - hose load includes a certain amount, generally 100 feet, of shoulder load as

         part of the overall load; nozzle is positioned in middle of load

         a. Divide the amount of hose to be loaded equally so that half of it is on the bottom of the stack

             (or beside it) and the other half is loaded to form a shoulder load, e.g., 100 feet on the bottom

             and 100 feet on the top (or side by side)

         b. Connect a female coupling to the discharge

         c. Begin the pack the first half of the load leaving an ear after the first full fold

         d. Continue packing the hose until the mid-point is reached (remember to stagger every other

             fold to reduce damage to the hose)

         e. Place the male coupling at the front of the hose bed

         f. Connect a nozzle to a male coupling on the remaining hose to be loaded

         g. Place the nozzle on top of the length of hose attached to it

         h. Pull the hose toward the front of the hose bed so that the hose can fold back over the nozzle at

             the rear of the hose bed to protect the nozzle

         i. Once the first full fold of hose is loaded, fold the hose back over the nozzle (the nozzle may

            extend beyond the end of the hose bed

         j. Continue packing the hose until the remaining hose is loaded

         k. Connect the female coupling on the top half to the male coupling on the bottom half

      2. Stack load - hose stacked with ears protruding for ease in pulling; nozzle is on top of load

         a. Connect a female coupling to the discharge

         b. Place an ear in the first full fold

         c. Continue to load the hose until it has all been place in the hose bed (remember to stagger every

            other fold to reduce damage to the hose)

        d. Place the nozzle on top of the stack

 

II. ADVANCING ATTACK LINES (1-2)

NOTE: This should be reviewed and then practiced so that each group of two or three has a chance to do it.

NOTE: It should be clearly understood by all of when according to department SOP’s the pump operator charged the attack line so that no one is injured by a line being charged while it is still on a person’s shoulders or they are advancing it up or down a stairs or on a ladder.

  A. Pulling Attack Lines

      1. Minuteman load

            a. Pull shoulder load beginning at nozzle and all hose above it by grabbing nozzle and hose

                above it and placing it on the shoulder

            b. Pull hose out of the hosebed so that about four feet is on your shoulder

            c. Continue moving forward until all the shoulder load has cleared the hosebed

            d. Turn around and pull the exposed ear so that the remaining hose is removed from the

                hosebed

            e. Walk toward the structure while allowing the hose on the ground to stretch out

            f. Once the hose on the ground has been stretched out, the hose on the shoulder will start

               stretching out

            g. Hose remaining on the shoulder should be placed near the entrance to the structure and

                stretched out to avoid any kinking in the hose

      2. Stack load

            a. Pull several folds of hose and the nozzle out of the hosebed so that about four feet is on the

               shoulder