Using Specialized Appliances, Applicators & Distributors

Advances in hose and nozzle design, coupled with improvements in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and protective clothing, have allowed the aggressive interior handline attack to succeed in situations where it would have failed in our fathers...


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Cellar nozzles are not limited to use on cellar fires. Rather, they should be considered for use any time fire is burning in an area that is inaccessible to standard approaches. Fire in an attic or cockloft can be quickly knocked down with a distributor applied from the roof or even lowered from the basket of an elevating platform. The innovative fire officer will recognize when traditional attack methods are not working or are not appropriate for safety reasons, and will use all of the weapons in his or her arsenal.

Remember, if you put the fire out, everything else gets better. The specialized appliances are meant to do just that - put the fire out. "It might not look pretty, but it works."


John Norman, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a captain with the FDNY, assigned to Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. He is also an instructor at the Nassau County, NY, Fire Service Academy and lectures nationally on fire and rescue topics. Norman is the author of Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, which may be ordered by calling 800-752-9768.