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    Question 2" Hose

    Anyone using 2" hose for preconnects? Like it or no?


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    Yes, my #1 POC FD uses 2 inch hose. Yes we like it.
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    What kind of flow (gpm) do you get from it? What kind of nozzle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyleach View Post
    What kind of flow (gpm) do you get from it? What kind of nozzle?
    We use an Elkhart Chief combination nozzle rated at 200 gpm at 75 psi, that is on top of a 1 1/4 inch slug tip. We start out at about 160 gpm at around 55 psi, then can go to 200 at 75 psi, if we need even more we screw off the combo tip and go to the 1 1/4 inch slug and flow around 300 gpm at abput 40 psi at the nozzle.

    We don't have any 1 3/4 inch or 2 1/2 inch hose this is our only attack hose size.
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    Our whole conversion to 2 inch started with trading for a couple hundred feet of it, testing a nozzle on it, and having the line firefighters decide they wanted to use that heavier hit than our standard 1 3/4 inch hose and nozzle set up. We had done nozzle testing and we bought new nozzles and enough 2 inch to replace all of our 1 3/4 inch hose and our ancient 2 1/2 inch handlines. We wanted a simple, pull one line, that was easy to move, and get all the flows we were used to and 2 inch worked for us.

    For those that question our choice we are more than a decade into this and there has not been one single question raised about going back to 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 inch hose lines. To me that speaks volumes. How did that come about? I believe it is the simple fact that the line firefighters picked the nozzle and the hose. I was Chief at the time and set parameters of what the nozzle had to flow, but I let them make the final decision on whether it was all smoothbore, automatic, regular combination nozzle, or low pressure combination nozzle. When firefighters feel they are part of the decision making process there is no buy in because they helped design the system in the first place!
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    All our Engines have a 200' crosslay with it for quick attacks on fully involved structures like 3-4 car garages, small business, etc. Not used much, but a nice tool in the toolbox. Mostly used on exterior attacks, but can be used as a backup for a residential fire. I think we have the Elkhart nozzles like Fyred.

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