The Initial Attack Handline: Paradox of Choice

Wednesday, April 26
We have all heard the saying 'The fire goes as the first line goes.' This presentation will consider how pride, culture, and status quo bias affect the stretch and operation of the initial attack handline. Engine companies today have a variety of nozzle types and preconnected hose loads to solve their problems. The question is, are we overcomplicating the engine company to the point of making us less efficient and effective? Can we reduce choices and become a more effective and efficient engine company, or are there too many variables to simplify operations? The class will discuss how to use a simple hose and nozzle setup to combat hundreds of fires in a' variety of situations and improve operational effectiveness.
Daryl Liggins, Captain - Oakland (CA) Fire Department