Course detail: Hoseline Advancement and Water Applications Curriculum Hand-off

Fire service research highlights the importance of well-placed initial handlines applying fast water to the fire effectively, either from the interior or the exterior of the structure. Several recent AFG-funded studies by FSRI examined the mechanics of hose streams to better equip firefighters with the knowledge of how hoseline and nozzle selection, hose stream type, and advancement method affect the fire dynamics and victim survivability during suppression actions on the fire ground. 

Understanding the fundamentals of hose stream mechanics is vital to the success of fire suppression operations on the fire ground. This includes knowing when and how to utilize air entrainment to your advantage, understanding when air entrainment can be your enemy, and understanding how to best apply the water through various application patterns, stream angles, and deflection methods to successfully map the compartments inside a structure. The objective of this project is to improve the safety and effectiveness of structural firefighting and the survivability of potentially trapped occupants by preparing and providing hands-on training for suppression-based skills to be employed on the fire ground. 

This training goes above and beyond the very basic training typically provided in introductory firefighting courses by providing a more in-depth understanding of the mechanics of interior, exterior, and attic suppression along with hydraulic ventilation and the use of specialty nozzles. This training is vitally important as effective suppression operations are the basis for a successful coordinated fire attack in today's modern fire environment. The curriculum will include instruction on hoseline and nozzle selection, hose stream type, advancement methods, nozzle position, and application pattern. These topic areas will provide the end user with information on how various suppression actions impact the resulting water distribution in the structure, movement, and entrainment of air based on the tactics chosen, and the ability to control flow paths in fire buildings when needed.

This course is a two-day event during which attendees will learn the lesson plan on Day 1, and then present it on Day 2. 

Before attending this training, students should complete the following no-cost online learning modules through UL FRSI:

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