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FDIC 2020: Stretching for Success

Hands-on engine company training at FDIC



Steve Robertson
Columbus, OH Division of Fire

Monday, April 20, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Engine Company’s Guide to Winning: Stretching for Success
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.


You will be introduced to options that have been proven through the more than 150 years of street experience among the instructor cadre. You will learn what is not in the books and ways to overcome mistakes that are commonly made.

There is only one way to get good at stretching hose lines–get out and stretch hoselines. One skill station focuses on the minuteman load and variations, such as stretching around and between obstacles such as cars and porches and extending lines. The advantages and disadvantages of some appliances are demonstrated.

There is also a skill station on hose bundles and multiple options using hose straps, standpipe hook-up, and high-rise bundle options.

The final station centers on on vertical stretching, which covers multiple areas such as well stretching, hook stretching, and rope stretches.

Discussions include engine placement and estimating the stretch.

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