I understand where you guys are coming from, done get me wrong. But here it just wouldn't work, sometimes its only going to be that first rig out the door and alone for several minutes on scene. If we to roll up on a well involved house fire with a full crew of four, pulled a 1 3/4 inch line off and went to work inside. Flowing 150GPM with a 500 gallon tank woulf give us 3 maybe up to 5 minutes flowing water (Depending on how many times we shut the line down, if we're actually flowing 150GPM so on and so fourth)
Is that honestly going to be enough in a out-of-hydrant district where the next in truck/water source is 5 to 10 minutes away? I for one don't think so, and that is why at leat here. Having an Engine w/ 1000 gallons on board as 1st due is the best bet.
In the cities where pretty much ever street corner has a hydrant, I'm sure the quints work great. But its not the solution for every department out there.
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02-07-2011, 07:26 PM #21Opinions expressed by myself here are just that, mine. And not that of ANY organization or service I am affiliated with.
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You made a blanket statement regarding the effectiveness of a Quint as an initial attack piece without any attempt to qualify that statement to refer to your situation or response in non-hydranted areas in general and you got called on it.
I wasn't trying to imply that Quints are right for every department and setting, just simply addressing the fact that Quints can be more than adequate for initial fire attacks.
I agree that in the scenerio you described in this post, having more water on the initial unit would be the most beneficial.
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