Out with the old, in with the new. Nozzles that is.
So as some of you know my volunteer department is technically a public safety department. Meaning, we have had a police chief who was also over the fire deperatment for the last 10 years or so. Former chief was a firefighter, however like most public safety directors, he was a police officer at heart. This being said, when fire equipment was purchased it was often a "hey I X and whatever the cheapest one is will work" type deal. This led to use ending up with all sorts of different equipment, and the nozzles we were carrying fell victim to this system. Out of our three engines, we have fixed gallonage on one, selectable on another, and automatics on the third. Slightly confusing and not exactly great for a simplified fire ground.
During our last ISO "what can we do better" meeting, our current fire division administration addressed the need for additional nozzles. I used this as an opportunity to revamp our system; get everything the same and make things as easy as possible for our volunteers with limited training time to learn and be able to use effeciently. Here is what I came up with:
1 3/4" Hand Lines
Fog- Elkhart Chief 175 GPM @ 50 PSI "High Rise" break apart
Smooth Bore- Elkhart integrated smooth bore shut off with 15/16" tip
Each front line engine will get one of each on the preconnected crosslays. Both lines with have the same nozzle pressure and GPM is close enough to where they can be pumped the same.
2 1/2" Hand Lines
Fog- Elkhart Chief 250 GPM @ 50 PSI
Smooth Bore- Elkhart shutoff with 1 1/8" tip.
Each engine will keep a smooth bore nozzle on the preconnected 2 1/2" line with the other smooth bore and 2 fogs in the spare compartment. Just as with the other lines, we will now have one nozzle pressure and one GPM to pump for the 2 1/2" lines as well.
No pistol grips, play pipes, ears, etc. will be on any of the new nozzles. I wanted nozzles that were meant to drag down a hallway and fight fire, not sit outside and spray water with. We did a hose handling class here not long ago that made everyone want to get rid of the pistol grips. This was the best way to do so.
Anyway, I just wanted to lay that out there and see what you guys thought. I know this isn't something that most people get to do, but I was fortunate. I really think this will be a good move for the department and will make things run much smoother on the fire ground.