Engine Company Operations: Water on the Fire presented by Curt Isakson
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
St Pete Beach, FL
The old adage “put the wet stuff on the red stuff” still stands today. The fire service continues to rely on water as our primary means of extinguishment. Even though we have made tremendous advances in apparatus, bunker gear, and thermal imaging technology, water is still the most widely used and the most effective extinguishing agent at the majority of structural fires. We have added large diameter supply and 1‐3/4” attack hose to move this water from its source to the seat of the fire for final extinguishment. With these advances we must not forget the longtime mainstay of the fire service: 2‐1/2 inch hose combined with low pressure nozzles are still highly effective and needed to move/deliver water to its final destination…the burning solid fuels.
This class will examine how to maximize hydrant flows, booster tank efficiency, and final delivery through both 1‐3/4” and 2‐1/2” hose. When to use LDH vs 2‐1/2” or 3” hose as supply/feeder lines will be examined. After choosing a water supply line, you must move forward to the attack line and understand when to choose 2‐1/2” over 1‐3/4”, or when to use multiple 1‐3/4” flanking attack lines over one 2‐1/2”. If the fire goes beyond the single 2‐1/2” line then it is time to go “big”. Before going “big”, however, you must ensure you have the supply to do so. After going “big”, the pros and cons of all sizes of fire hose in relation to moving water and utilizing different types of master stream devices will be covered. When utilizing master stream devices the tip size, its flow, and the variables surrounding each must be considered. The final topic in this presentation will analyze and illustrate defensive and offensive modes of attack, together for the best overall fire extinguishment possibilities. The most efficient fire extinguishment possibilities can only be effective, if you have a complete understanding of how to get WATER on the FIRE!
Curt Isakson, Battalion Chief, Escambia County Fire & Rescue, FL, is a 23 year veteran and currently serves as Battalion Chief & Chief of Special Operations with Escambia County Fire Rescue. Chief Isakson has served in volunteer, career, and combination FD’s. He has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief in both volunteer and career. He started with Midway Fire Protection District and has served with the City of Mary Esther and Pensacola FD before becoming the first training officer for the newly formed Escambia County Fire & Rescue in 2000. During his career he was assigned to the busiest companies within his department. He is a past speaker for FDIC workshops and conference classes including engine operations Hands on Training. Chief Isakson speaks frequently at fire conferences around the country and is a Florida certified instructor and fire officer. He is the owner of Suburban Fire Training, LLC and has annual contracts with five departments to provide monthly training and coordinate multi‐agency training in northwest Florida.