Auto AirPrime™ air-powered primers
automatically end priming problems!
f Constant prime ensured
f Optional lift gauge indicates feet
f Single or multiple inlet locations
f Vacuum created with No Moving
f Installs on any air-brake equipped
f Weighs only 8-1/2 pounds
f No high amp draw on the chassis
f Lowest noise level in the industry
f No water lines to pump panel; great
for cold weather environments
f Fast, easy installation – ideal for
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(if a combination
nozzle is used) and
fully opens up the
nozzle to ensure
all the air is out
of the line and there is proper water flow. Remember to control
the door before entering the structure. Once the door is opened,
a flow path is created. Keep the door shut to control the flow
path until you are ready to enter the structure with full personal
protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Inside the Structure
When you enter the structure, you need to “space” your attack
team at proper positions to move the line rapidly. The firefighter
“humping hose” at the entrance door is a key position, moving
the line into the structure and keeping couplings from getting
caught up at the doorway. Having firefighters at corners makes
moving the line faster since the line won’t get hung up at “pinch
points/friction points” along walls and other obstacles. Remem-
ber body positioning, don’t get caught between the wall and the
hose, stay on the outside of the line, and use your upper body to
push the line. Also, as the line advances, firefighters may need
to move up and take different positions—front door to interior
hallway, interior hallway to top of stairs. Having firefighters at
the bottom and the top of stairwells is important as well—again,
these are elevations and friction points.
Staffing is always going to play a factor in how you accomplish
this task. But, this task must always be done at every fire, so
employing some simple techniques and tricks should enable you
to reach the seat of the fire more rapidly. Advancing hoselines requires skill, teamwork, and discipline. Firefighters must resist the
urge to congregate near the nozzle and must understand that they
must position themselves along the hoseline to keep it moving.
Adapt your line advancement to your standard staffing and see
what works for you. I promise you that if you put people in the right
spots, you’ll control the fire faster and prevent further damage.
This takes training, training, training. Get out there and train. Your
lives and your mission depend on it.
GREGORY SELLERS has 27 years in the fire service in career and
volunteer departments and is a firefighter in the Chesapeake (VA) Fire
Department and in the Smithfield (VA) Volunteer Fire Department.
He is an instructor in both ladder company and engine company
operations. He began his fire service career on an engine company in
the Tonawanda (N Y) Fire Department.
( 5) Position your
body so that
it does not get
the handline and
the wall and so
that it will stay out
of the doorway.
( 6) Key positions
in moving the line
are at the bottom
and the top of