Accurate hoseline flows, water-mapping knowledge, overcoming stretching issues, and fire extinguishment are all taught at the highest levels using current best practices. That’s what this class provides, among other tangibles such as nozzle evaluations, hoseline management and the beauty of hose bundles. All designed to make your fireground run smoother. Understanding the fundamentals of hose-stream mechanics is vital to the success of fire suppression operations on the fireground. This includes understanding when and how to utilize air entrainment to your advantage, when air entrainment can be detrimental, and how to best apply the water through various application patterns, stream angles and deflection methods to successfully map the compartments that are inside of a structure.
UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) conducted a laboratory study on fire attack and a field study on coordinated fire attack in acquired structures. Both were designed to provide context for, and substantiation of, fire suppression methods, tools and tactics that have been utilized for decades. To bring the results from these studies to the training ground, FSRI engineers, along with the help of trusted fire service partners and live training demonstrations throughout the country, designed the hose stream prop to study the suppression principles that were developed as a part of these studies. This session will provide attendees with the building blocks for a successful fire attack through a comprehensive understanding, demonstration and application of hose stream mechanics in residential structures.
Keith Stakes - Research Engineer, UL Fire Safety Research Institute