Need help with an age old Debate!
Hey guys/ gals, I am certain this has been debated time and time again but for the life of me (or due to the fact that I am new to this forum) I cannot find any of the information that I need.
My Department currently has 1997 KME TL (102') that has an Elkhart sm2000 Fog tip on the monitor. We have run numerous flow evaluations with this current setup on my crew, and have proven time and again that this nozzle just does not give us the reach and penetration that we would like to see from an elevated master stream. I have gone to the Chief and suggested that we replace the fog tip with a smoothbore nozzle with tips of 1 1/4", 1 1/2" and 1 1 3/4", which we currently have off the old ladder truck. I know we won't be able to flow 1000 gpm with this set-up like we could with the fog but, my thought is that even with 800 gpm from the 1 3/4" smoothbore, reach, penetration and actual GPM on target would far surpass our current setup. Although he has not shot down my idea, he has asked me to come up with a comprehensive report on the pro's and con's of each nozzle. More or less I have to sell it to him before he will decide. Does anybody out there have any literature or information that I can use to try and convince the Chief? Any and all will be greatly appreciated