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...


          care to monitor any fire that may be under the stairway

      2. Feel the stairs while proceeding to make sure that they will support the weight of the firefighters

      3. Monitor the heat level while proceeding down the stairs in the event that the heat level is reaching

          the point of flashing in the lower level and sending that heat up the stairs

      4. Once at the bottom of the stairs proceed with advancing the hoseline

      5. Practical

              a. Advance a charged 1-1/2-inch, 1-3/4-inch, or 2-inch line down an interior stairs to a

                  location below the entry floor.

  E. Advancing an Uncharged Line up a Ladder

       1. Place the needed hose at the base of the ladder

       2. The first firefighter ascending the ladder will take the nozzle

       3. The hoseline is placed under the left or right arm, depending on the side of the ladder being

           exited (hose should be on the same side)

       4. The hoseline crosses the chest with the nozzle draped over the opposite shoulder

       5. The next firefighter will be approximately 15 feet behind the first firefighter with approximately

           25 feet of hose between the two firefighters

       6. The excess hose will be draped over the side of the ladder on which the firefighters will exit

       7. Additional firefighters will be positioned on the ladder as needed every 15 feet with 25 feet of

           hose between them

       8. Once the first firefighter reaches the top of the ladder, they will enter the opening or roof with

          the hoseline

       9. The second firefighter will proceed to the top of the ladder, take a leg lock, advance any

           additional hose that is needed, and them proceed to assist the first firefighter

      10. Other firefighters will take leg locks on the ladder and hand advance hose

      11. Once adequate hose has been advanced, the other firefighters on the ladder will exit and the

            line will be charged

      12. A firefighter will go up the ladder and, using a rope hose tool, secure the hose the center of the

           ladder at each ladder section

      13. Practical

             a. Advance an uncharged 1-1/2-inch, 1-3/4-inch, or 2-inch line up a ladder to a floor above

                the ground floor.

  F. Advancing a Charged Line up a Ladder

      1. Place the needed hose at the base of the ladder

      2. The first firefighter ascending the ladder will take the nozzle in one hand while holding onto the

          ladder beam with the other hand

      3. The firefighter will proceed up the ladder

      4. The next firefighter will be approximately 15 feet behind the first firefighter holding onto the hose

          with one hand and the ladder beam with the other hand

      5. Additional firefighters will be positioned on the ladder as needed every 15 feet

      6. Once the first firefighter reaches the top of the ladder, they will enter the opening or roof with the

          hoseline

       7. The second firefighter will proceed to the top of the ladder, take a leg lock, advance any

           additional hose that is needed, and them proceed to assist the first firefighter

       8. Other firefighters will take leg locks on the ladder and hand advance hose

       9. Once adequate hose has been advanced, the other firefighters on the ladder will exit and the line

           will be charged

      10. A firefighter will go up the ladder and, using a rope hose tool, secure the hose the center of the

            ladder at each ladder section

      11. Practical

            a. Advance a charged 1-1/2-inch, 1-3/4-inch, or 2-inch line up a ladder to a floor above the

                ground floor