Estimating hose line length tips or drill you make the call

Often times fire departments will arrive on the scene of a building or dwelling fire and have to over come the obstacle of a long stretch when trying to reach the front door, not even including making it to the fire.

  1. Go out and stretch the lines repeatedly so that you start getting the muscle memory and are able to develop a vision for aprroximate length.
  2. Take a measuring wheel and count it out. This will also be good to add to a pre-plan during those times.

Note: Hose lines should be setup to reflect your response area and departmental policies, and not because that is what we have always done

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