I feel that pistol grips are a hindrance to hose deployment. While they can help to move the hose most firefighters forget to let go and get that nozzle out in front of them when it comes down to crunch time. While training is helpful, we cannot duplicate the stresses and events encountered in real life situations.
We do not have any pistol grips on any of our lines. We have never had a problem, that I am aware of, with hose deployment or use on any fire scene.
"I use the nozzle to find possible holes in the floor while I'm crawling so I don't want to hold the nozzle." Reply by Larry Glover on August 20, 2009 at 7:44pm
We teach total control of the nozzle at all times. That nozzle should NEVER be out of your hand until you are flowing water! It is too easy to hit the bail and "accidentally" open it steaming yourself and others.