"Estimating the Stretch: The Long and Short Of Engine Work"


The saying “as the first line goes, so goes the fire” is true; all across the country the preconnected cross-lay has ruined the firefighters' ability to see anything other than 200 feet. Stretching short or long has caused many poor outcomes at fires and will continue to plague the fire service as we lose experienced firefighters who know the importance of estimating the stretch. This class examines the fundamental concepts and techniques of the lost art of estimating a hoseline lay stretch. The instructor will cover real world examples of LODD's and close calls where a poor hose stretch was a contributing factor. You will learn distance estimation techniques implemented by the US Marine Corps and methods developed through experience. Attendees will gain the ability to identify problematic hose stretches and how to overcome issues that may arise to help prevent the danger of too much or too little hose.

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KIEL SAMSING is a Lieutenant with the Newport News Fire Department and the training coordinator for the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. He is a State of Virginia Instructor 2 and instructor for the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy. Kiel has been an instructor at Andy Fredericks Training Days, Art of Firemanship, and the Chesapeake Firemanship Conference. He has also been a lecture and lead HOT Instructor at FDIC. Kiel is the founder of the Journeyman Fire Conference in Virginia.