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  • #16
    Could this possibly be a hold over from the pre-SCBA era?

    I imagine in a smokey fire the air right by the nozzle may have been marginally better, so the nozzleman might have had the best seat in the house (for air, we all know that is the best job). Perhaps this advice was intended for others searching out in front of the nozzle, perhaps going to the nozzle would get them into cleaner air for some relief from the smoke?

    As another mentioned assuming one is going from un-involved to involved the air being drawn in by the nozzle would be better than that in front of the nozzle.


    In an era with SCBA it becomes something of a ridiculous concept because firefighters can get themselves into places where the air by the nozzle will not be better enough to make any significant difference. If the nozzle is in position to have good air coming in from behind, there wouldn't be much stopping one from exiting the building.


    I know when working very smokey wildfires there are better and worse pockets to breathe in. The experienced guys learn tell the difference and can seemingly breathe smoke, that is choking the new guys.

    Might have been the same in structures before SCBA, and taking advantage of the "good" air by the nozzle may have been one of those tricks.
    Last edited by Here and there; 05-20-2018, 05:30 PM.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Here and there View Post
      Could this possibly be a hold over from the pre-SCBA era?
      Which were also the days when natural materials were predominant in construction and furnishings.

      Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

      Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by tree68 View Post
        Which were also the days when natural materials were predominant in construction and furnishings.

        Yeah, not saying ti has much if any value today. I'm just thinking about where it might have started. Back then maybe there was some actual application and it just keeps being repeated because that is what the fire service does.

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        • #19
          As long as the fog is from a 125 gpm turbojet its fine
          Get the first line into operation.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by L-Webb View Post
            As long as the fog is from a 125 gpm turbojet its fine
            As long as it's on the 125 setting though?
            Two departments, twice the fun...

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            • #21
              Originally posted by MikeG344 View Post

              As long as it's on the 125 setting though?
              Has to be, any other setting it will have the wrong o2 concentration and you'll die
              Get the first line into operation.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by L-Webb View Post

                Has to be, any other setting it will have the wrong o2 concentration and you'll die
                Must be true. I read it on the Internet...
                Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

                Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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