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Hands on FDIC 2019: Stretching for Success

A FDIC 2019 hands on and classroom training preview



In today’s fire service, fast water is at the forefront of tactics. The focus of this class is to stretch lines quickly and efficiently. Skill stations include the minuteman load and variations, stretching around and between obstacles such as cars and porches, extending lines, and showing the advantages and disadvantages of some appliances. There is also a skill station on hose bundles and multiple options for using hose straps, standpipe hookup, and high-rise bundle options. The last skill station involves vertical stretching; multiple areas are covered such as well stretching, hook stretching, and rope stretches. Engine placement and estimating the stretch are discussed. Students learn options that have been proven through street experience and how to overcome common mistakes. The takeaway message is, “There is only one way to get good at stretching hoselines—get out and stretch hoselines.”

Monday, April 08, 2019: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Monday, April 08, 2019: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 09, 2019: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 09, 2019: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2019: 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM


I believe in passing on the information based on street experience. The material contained in the class is based on life experience and time in the right front seat. The class will put an emphasis on apparatus placement to set up a successful stretch. Discussions will continue on difficult stretches and short staffed stretches.

Learning Objectives
The student will be participate in discussions on engine placement, estimation of the stretch, hose line size and placement of the first line. The student will also participate as part of a hose team in four skill stations. The first station will be the minute man load and variations of the load with each team doing multiple dry stretches. The second skill station will be vertical stretching. In this station the following will be covered, well hole stretch, hook stretch, and rope stretching. The third station will be appliances and extending hand lines. This station will cover advantages and disadvantages of different appliances adoptions for long stretches and hand line extensions. The last skill station will be hose bundles. This station will include different applications of hose strap use. From high rise packs to preconnects the student will see and use different options and tricks of the trade to become more efficient.


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