The fire goes as the first line goes, clearly words to live by. Out of all the fire ground functions stretching and operating the initial attack line will determine how successful you are at your next fire

It’s the mission of a fire department to train in basic engine operations.  Engine company operations are the back-bone of the fire service.  It takes an aggressive, properly trained and sharp engine company to fulfill this critical task. 


This program is geared to basic yet essential functions of the engine company. We will focus on: 


  1. 1.    Size up (know before you go) 360.
  2. 2.    Size up factors discussed will include the type of occupancy, time of day and year, the number of firefighters arriving, setbacks, obstacles etc..
  3. 3.     Stretching and operating the initial attack line.
  4. 4.    Hose management.
  5. 5.    Attacking from the uninvolved side?
  6. 6.    Exceptions to the front door.
  7. 7.    Fires divided occupancies.
  8. 8.    Basement fires.
  9. 9.    The attached garage.

10.When a pre-connect stretch falls short.

11.Stretching the backup line.

12.Masking up.

13.The blitz attack with the ground monitor.


Construction old vs. new

Row frame, garden apartments, courtyards etc..

Fire attack from the adjacent apartment (enclosed and open hallways)

Hoisting hose lines to upper floors using the rope, wells, and tools.

Standpipe vs. the conventional hose stretch.