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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    firedup - how do you put guys inside the cab operating hoselines? Are you pulling a red (reel)line inside the cab? I have seen several near misses and one injury doing that.
    3/4 inch garden hose with a bubble cup nozzle. The reels are located right behind the cab. We do this in open fields with nothing to snag on like trees or fences. If there is snag items the guys get out and walk with the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    3/4 inch garden hose with a bubble cup nozzle. The reels are located right behind the cab. We do this in open fields with nothing to snag on like trees or fences. If there is snag items the guys get out and walk with the line.
    Similiar setup to what my previous VFD had on it's old military 1/2 ton brush truck. Also had a sprayer system on the front bumper. Damn thing couldn't do a lick over 40 mph on the highway but get it off the road and the thing was a beast that never got stuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerJake72 View Post
    not sure how it is in some of your states, but like slackjawed said, call on your state forest service for assistance, bear in mind that they may have extended response times (we tend to be located in remote areas or not evenly distributed) you might also want to talk with them (Forestry) and see what they can offer you, through the rural fire assistance grants: surplus military vehicles, pumps, tanks, hose, wildland PPE, hand tools, and many other sort of federal excess, as well as training

    Unfortunatly our state forest system has very limited resourcwes - plows and a spotter plane or two with no handcrews or ground assistance worth mentioning. We are lucky that the plows come out of a facility in our fire district so when they are not tied up on other fires (which is way too common now as a result of budget cuts) the response is pretty quick.

    From what i understand it's not uncommon for a 1 1/2-hour wait in other parts of the state that are more remote from thier facilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Unfortunatly our state forest system has very limited resourcwes - plows and a spotter plane or two with no handcrews or ground assistance worth mentioning. We are lucky that the plows come out of a facility in our fire district so when they are not tied up on other fires (which is way too common now as a result of budget cuts) the response is pretty quick.

    From what i understand it's not uncommon for a 1 1/2-hour wait in other parts of the state that are more remote from thier facilities.
    All the more reason to send the properly trained and equipped resources , size it up, know your fuel types, know your area and take advantage of natural breaks. Some times pouring as much water ,as fast as you can on a wildfire is not always the best choice. Also know your local resources, ive seen a 1953 Ford 8N but out more fire than a $400,000 engine.
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    Where exactly in Arkansas are you ? I'm over here in southern Logan County south of Fort Smith. This summer has been horrible for us. Were getting called out alsmot every day sometimes several times a day. We also have a Arsonist in our area thats not helping things any.
    My depts rolls a brush truck ( 21/2 ton 6X6 military with 750 gallons water with foam and 150 gpm high pressure pump) and a 2,000 tanker. We have auto matic aid with 2 other fire departments so we also get 2 more pick up truck brush trucks with 200 gallons another dues CAFS unit, another 2,000 tanker and one pumper. ( pumper relays and fills brush trucks from tankers. ) We run this for every fire. It's so dry some places have not had any rain in over 6 weeks and day time humidity can be as low as 13%.
    Our Arkansas forestry D4 dozer is called on 90% of the fires right now and we have had US forstry on many fires along with tanker planes and a blackhawk.
    As said above city style pumpers wont do much. I would contact rural departments in your area to see what they can do and what equipment that have to help you. We have travels as far as 25 miles to help other departments out. We are in an extreme fire situation so were having to take extreme precautions. Let me know if i can help you in any way.

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