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...


            and control fire gases

        6. Sweep floor with stream to cool burning debris and hot surfaces

        7. Do not open stream until fire can be hit unless firefighter safety involved

        8. Direct the stream at the base of fire if localized

        9. As the advance is made, the angle of stream should be lowered and an attempt made to hit the

            main body of fire

       10. When the main body of fire knocked down, shut down the stream and let the area vent

       11. When the fire is knocked down, shut down the nozzle

       12. Upon entering an area which is very hot and finding no fire, withdraw immediately and check

            the area below

       13. When attacking basement fire down interior stairs, straight stream should be used because fog

            will generate steam

  D. Other Considerations

       1. Do not attack the fire from more than on direction to avoid driving heat and fire at the opposing

           crew

       2. Coordinate ventilation with fire attack to reduce fire spread

       3. Ventilate just prior to initiating fire attack to reduce the heat level and provide an avenue for

           steam escape

       4. Do not open the nozzle until you are sure of the location of all crew members and other working

           in the area and that no one is in the doorway

       5. Knock down the fire and then move in to extinguish hot spots

       6. If you cannot see your feet in the smoke, you should be crawling and not standing up

       7. Always have an escape plan

       8. Try to avoid letting fire cut off your escape route

       9. Stay with your crew and officer and watch out for each other

REVIEW:

ADVANCING ATTACK LINES

   * Introduction to Attack Lines

   * Advancing Attack Lines

   * Fire Attack

REMOTIVATION: While skills such as advancing attack lines may appear to be something very basic, there is no harm by working to maintain or improve proficiency.