Stretching line and making the push: Know the key roles on the attack team
Pick your load and practice to achieve flawless execution of an essential fireground function
What type of hose load do you prefer? On second thought, no one cares about that answer or whether it comes from a cross-lay or off the rear hosebed.
Here are the questions that matter: Does it work for you? Is it effective for your organization or your specific district? Do you train regularly with it? Did you have to retrain an entire organization to make it effective?
That being said, the stretch is our most basic and fundamental task on the fireground. “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff” has been our saying for decades. You must make the stretch before you can do this, yet it often remains one of the most frequently fouled-up operations on the fireground.
Why is this the case, though?