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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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When to Use 2″ Hose

Most departments use 1 3/4" hose regularly, and break out 2 1/2" hose when really big flows are needed. In this article, Paul Shapiro calls for greater use of a third size of hose that most departments don't use--2".

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Going Up?

In this article, I'll provide useful information on how to combat a fire in a multi-level structure, as well as how to properly use standpipes and standpipe hose packs.

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