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Matt McDowell's Blog – December 2010 Archive (1)

The What, Where and Why of the First Line

Nothing does more to improve safety on the fireground than correctly stretching, positioning and using the first attack line (sorry Truckies). The question is, do we take our most effective life and property saving skill for granted? Do you know the WHAT, WHERE & WHY before and/or during the initial attack line stretch? This post asks these questions and offers some discussion to the most fundamental fireground tactic.

1. Does the first line always have to go through… Continue

Added by Matt McDowell on December 6, 2010 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

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