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Instead of a prolonged blast of water into
the heart of the fire, Olson would direct the
stream off the ceiling of the fire area for 30
seconds or just long enough to darken
down the heavy body of fire. Olson
was transferred to Engine Company
116, where he continued to refine this
hard-hitting attack that was named
the “blitz” attack.
In 1979, Olson was promoted to
battalion chief on the south side of
Chicago, where he began working
with Captain John McNamara of
Engine Company 61. Together, they
used the technique with great results.
This blitz attack was developed into a
standard operating procedure that became known as “quick water.” Quick
water developed in Chicago is no
different from today’s quick water on
tank water. Regardless, whether that
water is flowed through a deck gun or
a handline, the concept is similar and
has the same positive results.
This blitz attack, quick water, fast
water from tank water, or whatever
you would like to call it has been
used successfully for many years. Today’s
firefighters are armed with experience,
knowledge, and lots of data to help deter-
mine the appropriate fireground tactic.
Some of the confusion about exterior wa-
ter application is caused by the belief that
flowing water from the exterior will slow
down or delay extinguishment. A well-
trained crew of three (or even two) can
easily stretch two lines, apply water from
the exterior, and then rapidly move interior
to finish extinguishment. The notion that
applying water from the exterior will delay
extinguishment is a poor excuse.
Deploying Dual Handlines
On arrival, the engine company
members exit the vehicle. One firefighter
quickly begins stretching a 1¾-inch attack line to the area where water can be
flowed through an exterior opening. This
line should be charged and have water
flowing from the exterior as quickly as
possible. The nozzle firefighter flows
water into the opening just long enough
to darken down the fire and reduce the
energy being created. Once there is a
change in conditions, this firefighter
abandons this line and meets up with
the other members of the company.
(2) An interior fire attack traditionally has been the
only attack method. Although it is still a good choice
for many fires, it’s not the only option you should
consider. (Photo by author.)