I know that I'm still young and green but I feel that my training has let me down. We only learned this 3D firefighting and nothing more. I know that there is no magic solution that works on every fire.
I don't know it better but I'll defend in what I believe until someone or experience can convince me otherwise. If I gave you the impression that I know it better or am more experienced ( a quick look on my profile page would say I'm not) than I'm sorry because this isn't my intention. I'm here to learn.
I thought you were going to bust my balls and I couldn't blame you if you did. I'm in a rough spot. I want to learn as much as I can about fires, I think critical about each fire we had and how I would've done it (with a lot of hindsight of course). But I can't back my thinking up because I'm greener than grass.
VES is almost unknown in Belgium and Europe I believe and I think we should train on it.
While many might not be applicable to your region you'll find a wealth of knowledge in that handful of sites.
But what if said "bustee" has no "balls" to "bust", does it still count?
At 130 GPM you are in fact underpumping your 1 3/4" lines.
Theusje, what length hose and engine pressure are you using for a flow of only 130 gpm. Answer can be in bar, lpm or any way you are normally measuring. Would also be nice to know the hose diameter.
We'll receive new nozzles by the end of the year which will be able to flow 500lpm (132gpm) at 7 bar (100psi) nozzle pressure.
We ride with 6 on all the engines.
The officer in charge of the engine places the waterthief. From the waterthief to the fire FF 1 and 2 place two lenghts of 45mm (1 3/4") hose. FF 3 and 4 connect the engine with the waterthief using 70mm (2 3/4") hose. In general this can be done with 2 lengths of hose.
So that gives use about 120ft of 2 3/4" hose and the same lenght for the 1 3/4" hose.
The pumps on our two engine and pumper have a flowrate of 3000lpm (800gpm) at 8 bar (116 psi). I am almost 100% sure that we underpump our hoselines at 4 to 6 bar. It largely depends on the who's the pump operator.
Middelkerke VFD is the official name but we are in fact a POC department. Population of 18,000 in the winter and about +100,000 in the summer. Due to the large number of tourists in the summer we are quite large. We have about 45 members and have a large amount of trucks and vans.
I'm from Middelkerke, Belgium, Europe.
Flanders is fairly small and with only 6 million people. TV shows here don't get dubbed and video games don't get translated because the market is too small. We are used to subtitles from a young age and there are loads of English speaking TV shows for young people. Then you have the internet and video games. Kids also get teached English from the age of 14 to 18.
Kids also receive French from the age of 10 to 18 but I rarely use it and thus I have a hard time using French.