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  1. #1
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    Question Do you pull a line?

    Food for thought:
    You pull up to a 2 story wood frame with heavy smoke showing from every possible opening and the eaves. You see no visible fire or even a glow.
    Do you pull a hoseline and drag it around with you while searching for the fire?
    Do you pull a line and leave it somewhere in the building?
    Do you search for the fire without a hoseline and use a hauling line to pull up the hose through a window or upper story porch?
    Does one crew search for fire and then radio its location to another crew who then brings in a line?
    Are these hoselines charged or not?
    What size lines do you bring?

  2. #2
    m. rose
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    1.75" line charged and ready while doing a primary search as well. RIT team in place and truck ops starting up. Remember keep safe!

  3. #3
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    Well with this topic for my department comes to man power again. Comes down to the IC and his decision. Some of our crews have started sending first team of two in with TIC for location of fire and pri search. Radioing back to send second crew of 3 with 1 3/4 waiting at front entrance to the seat of the fire. This leave IC and pump operator outside. This does not always work due to staffing levels or ambulance calls. Only 7 people per shift. Remaining man power is delayed slightly with call back and mutual aide. My personal feeling is if I can not have a hose line at least waiting at the entrance I will just take it with me. Can never be to safe.

  4. #4
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    I say pull the line in with you! One reason comes to mind. What do you do when all hell breaks loose and the fire starts devouring the whole house? Do you really want to be stuck in the middle of that? I know that I don't!


    If you sent us to HELL, WE'D PUT IT OUT!!

    **And of course these are only my opinion and only mine. Don't take it out on anyone else but me.**

  5. #5
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    I would have the Engine Co. Stretch dry to the top of the stairs once it is determined that the fire isn't in the basement of a balloon-frame house.

    I would have the Truck search for the point of origin and/or best access to it. If they can't find it in a timely fassion I would have them pull the celing in an accessable area(hallway) and use an attic ladder to assist the Engine Co. in reaching the fire.

    If I were the Engine officer I wouldn't have the line charged until I was sure of either the fires location or the point of access for us...(conditions permitting of course)

    Two cents from fireman.

  6. #6
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    One sentence...It's better to have and not need, then need and not have.

    The above is my opinion only and doesn't reflect that of any dept./agency I work for, deal with, or am a member of.

  7. #7
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    I have to go with the better safe than sorry approach. Take the handline with you. Make sure you have good radio communications and advance the line dry if you are advancing to the second story. If you have to go after the basement never go down those stairs without a charged line in your hands.

    I shall fear no evil, for I am a Firefighter

  8. #8
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    We carry 2" hose as our primary attack line. It is a bitch to carry around charged and getting around corners, that sucks. With that being said, I will never go into a structure again without a charged line. Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you. I got caught in a bad spot once without a charge line and we had to bail pretty quick out a window. This was a long time ago but you learn. It is better to be tired than dead! The key is a door or corner man. Two guys can effectively manuver a 2" line with a good doorman. Be safe.

  9. #9
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    Pull the line - you can always follow it out if things go bad.

  10. #10
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    Where there's smoke, there's fire. If you're going to stretch, charge the line. You've got nothing to lose and a lot to gain. If you've got heavy smoke and no visible fire or as you say not even a glow. You do have a possible backdraft or flashover situation on your hands. Ventilate (preferably a window, allows for better ventilation after the fire is located) away from your entry point and the fire will show itself. Once the fire shows, ventilate that area nearest the fire, using vertical, horizontal or other ventlation procedures of your choosing.

    Here we always stretch 2- 1 1/2" lines at two possible entry points. Once the fire is located both lines are taken in through the same entry point. Just before entry, ventilation points are chosen. Entry and ventilation are done at the same time through your size up decisions.

    [ 07-16-2001: Message edited by: FireLt1951 ]

  11. #11
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    I'd say with heavy smoke, take the line in.

    Doesn't mean the line has to go everywhere with you...

    For instance, after you've cleared the first floor and basement, maybe the line goes to the hall at the top of the stairs and two guys stay on the line while two guys check the rooms. They'll only be maybe 10 or 15' away so you they can call back, "Get the line over here!"

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    In this scenario, heavy smoke showing and no visible fire, Initial vertical ventilation is paramount!!. Once vented the structure will receive enough oxygen to generate flame. taking the roof in coordination with an aggressive attack will usually punch the red devils ticket. There are a lot of unforeseen variables since this is just a scenario though .
    Stay safe.

  13. #13
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    Pull it! If you don't you will wish you had.

  14. #14
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    Pull the line, leave un charged with radio communications, and Thermal imaging camera. Most of the time the camera will show where the fire is. Rather have it and not need it then not have it and need it. That much smoke there has to be something going on in there. Be safe........

  15. #15
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    Smoke showing from all over the place-no fire, hmmm? Charged 1 3/4" hoseline at least off the first in Engine. If the situation warrents go larger, but charged for sure! Have vent team ready and in place. When I first started in this job I was taught that you never go into a burning structure without a CHARGED HOSELINE and a TOOL. Now these days I teach the same to my personnel. God help us if anyone should get caught in a bad situation without them! Just remember to take a breath and think about what you are doing and what the fire is doing and above all stay safe!

    "Stay Safe, Stay Low and lets Rock-n-Roll"

  16. #16
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    The BEST two or three minutes of a fire is when you're knocking the snot out of it, so you better drag the line in - or else someone else will have YOUR fun.

  17. #17
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    This is by no means rocket science, but our "bread and butter". Right?. Pull the line and advance it into the building, but keep it dry till you find the general location of the fire. I would pull the 1 3/4 because this is only a 2 story type 5. A couple of 1 3/4 lines would knock the snot out of a building this size. Interior operations with any line larger would be difficult for me to understand. But, follow your SOP's, whatever those might be. Just find the seat of the fire, whatever floor it might be on, and then chase down the extension.

    The truck, or another crew, should be opening the roof for ventilation at about the same time to take care of the ventilation and help with the conditions. Get a company to the top floor ASAP to open the attic cuz it is most probably in there.

    If you are in a rural area with manpower difficulties then things will have to be done differently. You can only do what you can based on the resources you are provided and the time of your responce.

    Stay Safe!

  18. #18
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    With the above description given, I would definately want a hoseline stretched with teams entering building. Even if the line is dry, you still have it with you, and are only seconds from having the water. You may need to effect a rescue, do searchs , or encounter heavy fire quickly. The line could be kept at the landing of the stairs inside the door, or anywhere the officer may seem fit, so that the line can be stretched in an easy manner to the most affected parts of the bldg. I would have the nozzleman and backup on radio contact with other members in the building, waiting orders of the exact fire location. I would also consider the possibility of ballon frame construction, and having the line ready to go inside the bldg may allow you to cut off the fire before it takes complete control of the entire bldg. I understand that staffing is an issue with many depts., incuding where im from,but you know you have a good job here and not bringing a line in with you may prove to be a safety mistake in the long run.

  19. #19
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    What about taking some windows out????

  20. #20
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    First in crew bring a charged 1-1/2" in with them and keep it with them always.

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