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The Denver Hosepack

High-rise firefighting is extremely challenging in part because of the effort involved in transporting equipment to the fire floor. The Denver Hosepack is a time-tested way to divide the labor and successfully bring hose to the fire floor without exhausting firefighters. In this article, Dave McGrail walks through the process for building the Denver Hosepack.

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Working with Standpipes

When using standpipe valves during a fire attack, it doesn’t matter if the valves are in a four-story building or a 40-story building; multiple factors and issues can hamper our operations if we aren’t prepared for them in advance. One ...

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Mission Impossible?

Creating an additional water supply, or temporary standpipe, is a tactic that you may never have to implement on the fireground, but it must be one of the tools included in your engine company’s toolbox.

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Go with the Flow

The Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created a Fire Fighting Technology Group (FFTG) to research the needs of the fire service. One key objective of the group: to provide information that ...

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Using Fire Department Connections

When utilizing fire protection systems on the fireground, it’s imperative to understand the system and how it works. To do this, review applicable standards and procedures, train on FDC operation and preplan buildings in your response area.

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Hotel Fires Require Quick, Effective Action

Hotels are occupied by people who likely have little knowledge of the building's layout and egress paths, are unfamiliar with the building's emergency procedures and alarm indications, and may be delayed in exiting because they are asleep, impaired or simply ignoring evacuation alarms.

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