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  • Breakaway fog nozzles

    I'm asking for input in regards to the advantages of breakaway nozzles. Please give me whatever information you have, ie. live fire experiences, brochures, etc. I have come up with several; however, I am looking for more strong examples and experiences with which to present our fire administration. We wish to use them with our high rise hose packs in order to extend hoselines in the event our 150' packs are short, without having to shut down discharges at the engine. I know that these nozzles make all the sense in the world; however, our administration is concerned about costs instead of safety. Thank you.

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    We looked at breakaways from Akron. They seem to make everyone happy. Fog guys can use their fog and smooth bore fans can remove the fog tip and have a smooth bore. Used a flow meter and get 150gpm from the fog and more than that with the fog tip removed. 50psi at the tip.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?


    • #3
      We also have looked at putting break away nozzles on our high rise packs. We have done a little research and this gives the nozzle man or attack crew a choice, either the fog or the smooth bore, which is always a constant debate. This also gives enough gpm no matter which tip you use. It also is cost effective compared to buying two nozzles. Also you need to make sure the male threads of the tip are protected somehow during smooth bore operations, because if left unprotected they will become messed up and make adding extra links impossible. The only other thing I reccomend to you if you decide to add extra links and use the nozzle as a cutoff be sure to secure the handle open after adding the links, and make this a general order. This is very important because if it is not secured it will become shut somehow or someway during operation of the handline. This can be preformed using a simple piece of webbing or anything.


      • #4
        We have used this method for the past 2 years on the newer vehicle and it works out fine for us. The cost involvement was not that great and as mentioned it is less than 2 nozzles. We also looked at the saberjet nozzles from akron but decided to go this route with 15/16 orfice installed. Also tried the TFT but you have to insert the orfice on those and knowing us we would have lost it. Extendig the line with the breakaway works well for us in the mills and apartment complexes, but again make sure the male threads are covered when not in use.

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