Stream penetration in house fires
Not to start the combination vs. smoothbore debate again, but is there really that big of a difference in stream reach/penetration in the typical (i know bad word choice) private dwelling fires. These are small areas with limited fire loads. Do I really need a smoothbore to shoot across a living room? or down a hall? If we're hitting a room from the doorway area, in most houses that's 15 ft tops, probably closer to 8-12 ft.
I really don't want to start the whole debate over again, I just want to focus on this one facet of the combo vs. smoothbore discussion. In tight quarters like this, is the difference in penetration appreciable? As we get into bigger spaces or taller buildings where that apartment could be wind driven the penetration may be more important, but I just question it for many 1-4 family dwelling fires or for row houses, garden apartments etc. Instances where the stream isn't traveling very far before it hits something.