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April 2010
Extend the Line

Preconnects are common on most engine company apparatus and come in varying lengths. Unfortunately if the stretch estimate is wrong, or not done at all, the preconnect becomes useless.

Using your current hosebed arrangement, how would you extend each preconnect by two lengths (100'), as if you were operating at a fire?

What addresses exist in your response area that require you to extend a preconnect, or use a leader line?

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When running your "stretcher line", do you use one of the preconnects, removed, or a standpipe/extend bag?

Your reply reads as though most everything is within the 250' reach. Does this change depending on your position or assignment due?

Estimating what lengths you need is critical and some may speculate manpower too. For the last drill in April, did hose advancements with one-man, two-men, three-men operations when dealing with the 200' inch and three-quarter, 300' inch and three-quarter, and 200' duece and a half. This did a long stretch with 3" hose gated to inch and a half from the high-rise pack. Also identified other adapters and appliances to assist in hose advancment operations. Great drill I must say!


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