March 30 Second Drill

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stopwatch imageA working fire beyond the scope of room and contents generally requires more than two hoselines. Many factors are used as guidance when stretching additional hoselines. Some of these are written into SOPs. Others are done based on the size-up and on scene information.






  • Outside of the backup line, what factors determine where additional hoselines are to go?
  • When arriving at a fire (not first-due), do you stretch your hoseline off the first due engine or off your own engine?
  • Does your department have any guidance as far as too many hoselines going up interior stairwells or using ladders or fire escape in your stretch?
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    3 Comments

    • John says:

      NY
      Additional lines depends on type of building and location of fire i.e. 5 story MD fire on 3rd floor addional lines going to floor(s) above, 2 story frame attached fire 2nd floor additional lines going to exposures.

      2nd line usually comes off 1st due engine, any additonal must come from another engine.

      Minimum 2 lines up the stairway ( at least that the way it is written) additonal line up fire escape or rope stretch up side of building into window

    • Dave LeBlanc says:

      Most severe exposure (floor above typical)

      Depends on how the companies are set up, but 2nd line is typically off the 1st engine.

      2 lines in the stairs, although I am not sure it is a written policy

    • Jeff Schwering says:

      Mo.
      Expose protection first, floor above, structure next door, or whatever the case may be.

      Second line normally off the first due engine, but be flexible.

      My rule is no more than 2 lines in the stairs or a doorway, however no written policy is in place.

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