fire nozzles

What is automatic nozzle?

Clyde McMillan, founder of Task Force Tips (TFT) allegedly designed the first automatic nozzle on a napkin in 1968 and constructed it in his basement in 1971. Clyde McMillan was the chief of the Gary (IN) Fire Task Force, a volunteer fire company established to provide professional assistance for the municipal fire department in Gary,…

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How to operate the nozzle properly?

Ever since the advent of the pistol-grip nozzles, almost all firefighters, from new recruits or seasoned veterans, have been found holding the nozzle like cowboys or pistol shooters holding the gun while directing the stream of water. Anyone holding a pistol-grip nozzle in this fashion is in fact considered having poor and sloppy nozzle handling…

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What is firefighting foam?

What is firefighting foam? Firefighting foam is used as a versatile fire suppression agent to fight multiple types of fires ranging from forest fires to petrochemical fires, as well as to prevent the ignition of materials that might cause a fire. An obvious explanation for the increasing use of firefighting foam is that it can…

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What Is Fire Nozzle Reaction Force?

As we mentioned in the previous article, the backward momentum of a fire hose is also known as nozzle reaction, which is a counterbalancing force against the waters forward action force.   Firefighters holding the fire hose lines can feel this fire nozzle reaction directly, and it causes 13,795 firefighting injuries on average every year,…