What Is Your Favorite Attack Line & Nozzle Setup and Why?

Please share with us your tool of choice. That setup that, when the S#!T hits the fan, is your GO-TO line.

OR... You can share your (constructive) opinions on someone else's favorites.

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Comment by Foley&son on April 30, 2011 at 12:21am
2 1/2 stright shutoff pipe eng side .big is better
Comment by Ryan James Johnsrud on April 28, 2011 at 7:21pm
Preconnected Blitzfire?- interesting idea! I'm sure you'd be more likely to use this tool if it was preconnected instead of stuffed in a compartment...and like the FF before stated you can use them at both offensive and defensive fires, so why not?
Comment by Ben Waller on April 23, 2011 at 9:51pm
1-3/4 with Akron Assault combination fog/smoothbore tip, triple-layer load.

This load clears the hose bed faster than the flat lay, deploys in 1/3 of the distance required to deploy the flat lay, and provides 150 GPM at normal pressure with only 50 PSI of nozzle pressure regardless of whether you're using the fog or the smoothbore tip.

If the fog nozzle becomes clogged or disabled, you just shut it down, spin the tip off, and go back to work with the smoothbore.
Comment by Doug on April 22, 2011 at 11:14pm
Comment by SAFE Firefighter on April 22, 2011 at 12:32pm

One of my old departments ran Blitzfires. I agree, they're an awesome tool, especially if your strapped for manpower. Not only can be used to maximize flow water flow on defensive fires, they are also great if you need to protect an exposure at an offensive fire. Thanks for the feedback and be safe.
Comment by SAFE Firefighter on April 22, 2011 at 12:28pm
Mike (Captain Busy),

I agree 100%. Our other lines are loaded in a triple-layer load. It has its uses, but stretching it anywhere other than straight is a pain (forget about stairs) and reloading it takes way too many people and way to much time (in my opinion).

The flat load is simple and each department or company can tweak it to make it more user friendly as it matters to their needs. Thanks for the comment.
Comment by SAFE Firefighter on April 22, 2011 at 11:02am
Shareef... It sound like your Engines run the 250 similarly to how we run the line in the picture. We have loops at 50, 100 and 200. If we have a 4FF crew, the Nozzle FF can grab the top 50 w/ the nozzle (working length), the Backup FF grabs the next 50 and the either the Backup or Driver can clear the bed w/ the bottom loop. If the Nozzle is an overachiever, they can flip and shoulder the top 100, then clear the bed themselves. Training, training, training!
Comment by Tony Erickson on April 22, 2011 at 10:08am
Blitz fire on 200 feet of 21/2 always the go to line...pop a hole in a door set it between 35 to 45 degrees..and watch the room flush lol...
Comment by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd on April 22, 2011 at 12:33am
Flat loads.

Easy to load and deploy.

Follows the KISS principle well.
Comment by Shareef Abdu Nur on April 21, 2011 at 6:45pm
I'm on a Truck and we usually don't pump, but when we do my line of choice is a preconnected 200' 2 1/2" crosslay with a smooth bore nozzle. We do not do "dog ears" like the picture above shows. We just stagger the folds and have them all hanging off of each side. On our Engines, my line of choice is always a 250' stretch of preconnected 1 3/4" with a smoothbore nozzle from the rear hosebed. What is interesting is that we took the nozzle and the first 150' and loaded it in a type of shoulder load almost like a highrise pack. The nozzle firefighter grabs the tip and this load and he/she gets 150 ft moving to the door, the back up grabs another loop and helps flake out the line while the driver breaks it loose if necessary and reconnects it to another discharge or pumps the entire line. I like it because it is quick to deploy with minumum kinks.

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