Attack of the 2 ½-Inch

A Case for a Bigger Handline

Jonathan Brumley
Denver Fire Department

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

What is your confidence level when it comes to using a 2½-inch attack line? Many firefighters do not know when or how to use a 2½-inch attack line with confidence.

As a result, many engine companies rarely attempt to deploy a 2½-inch attack line despite the fact that it is the most versatile line on their apparatus. Some departments have even opted to remove this line from service completely, which, obviously, leaves them unable to capitalize on its numerous benefits.

Here is an in-depth look at when to deploy the 2½-inch line; how to select, stretch, and operate a medium-diameter fire attack package; and practical solutions for developing competency in 2½-inch operations regardless of your department’s staffing or size


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