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    Default Snozzle anybody??

    I have seen at recent trade shows the Snozzle. It looks like it could be a very usefull piece of equipment. I have attempted to research various threads but mainly it comes back to aircraft usage and not municipal. Has anybody ever used one, pros,cons, etc.

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    Columbia Missouri has one. don't know what they do with it but it's been on the show circuit for a few years.

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    I know that Newton, NJ (Sussex County) got one on a structural rig a few years ago too. Not completely sure on the justification behind it, I'm sure they'd tell you about it though.

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    I drive a snozzle engine and I really like it. It is a great tool if you know how and when to use it. We took the piercing nozzle off about three years ago because of a valve problem, and the fact that it's a waste for structure fires. You have to get to close to objects to use it and it makes the engine an exposure. That's really the only con I can think of. It's a 52 foot snozzle and we should be replaceing in the next 2 years. I'm in hopes we replace it with the 65 foot one. As for pro's, elevated water tower with much more versatility than a deck gun. Can be used as a stand pipe for parking structures,and ariel lighting.

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    It's basically an original version of Crimson's Boomer design.

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    We have alot of large homes, 12,000 sq and up, many with slate roofs which makes ladder work and ventilation difficult at best. And of course many of our fires are lightning strikes the torch the roof!! Does this device, with a piercing nozzle, have enough to penetrate a slate roof or even a shingle roof?

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    Yes it has enough strenght to penetrate, but if you use it like that and you don't knock the fire down you. Plan on buying a new engine. With a 52ft. snozzle that is vertical reach only, lateral is only 36ft. That means your rig has to be at least within 25 feet of the burning structure. Think about it, just my experience with it.

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