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Leather Lungs

Search and rescue in these apartments will require extended periods of time.

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The Apartment Stretch

Using the right tactics and equipment, firefighters can easily bring 2½-inch attack line and position it for use in attacking an apartment fire. Dave McGrail walks through the process.

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Firefighter Mode for Elevators

A Firefighters Own Worst Enemy took time to create a video walking you through the “Firefighter Mode” setting on elevators.  It is vital in any high-rise event that firefighters have control of elevators and keep control until the end of ...

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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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Establishing a Water Supply at a High-Rise Incident

Well-defined procedures are essential for safe and effective high-rise firefighting. In this article, William Porter of the Sacramento Fire Department provides a sample SOP for establishing a water supply at high-rise incidents.

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Understanding Pressure Inadequacies in High-Rise Standpipe Operations

Many factors contribute to high-rise building standpipe systems delivering less-than-adequate fire flows. Chief Dave McGrail explains some of these factors and why engine companies need to be prepared to overcome low flow pressure and volume from standpipe systems.

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High-Rise Hoseline Setup and Advancement

High-rise fires are extremely taxing on fire attack crews. Having a plan for the efficient advancement and charging of the primary fire-attack line can significantly enhance the effectiveness of these operations.

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