-Art, I agree with your thoughts regarding fog nozzles; I hate the damn things. The engine in my house has one cross lay outfitted with a fog, the other cross lay has a solid bore. Generally the line stretched is the solid bore.
-I couldn't agree more with the comments about stretching and flaking techniques, not chasing kinks, etc.... Seems like there is a lot of poor hose handling and a lack of supportive work taking place in favor of competition for the nozzle. Far to many young firefighters are relying on higher engine pressures to do the support work like blowing out kinks instead of performing proper stretches and chasing kinks.
-And yes.... remember that its our Brothers at the end of that line. Supporting them is a priority.
-Just a few thoughts on hose work from a Truckie.