In firefighting, a straight stream refers to the pattern of water being discharged from a hose nozzle in a direct, straight line. This type of water stream is used for reaching long distances, as well as for knocking down walls, roofs, and other obstacles that may be blocking the firefighters’ access to the fire. The stream can also be used to push burning materials away from the firefighters, providing a safer working environment. A straight stream can also be useful for penetrating deep-seated fires, such as those in the walls or attics of buildings. It is important to note that a straight stream can be less effective in extinguishing fires than other types of water streams, such as a fog pattern, as it can cause the fire to spread. Therefore, firefighters use it in specific situations as part of their fire suppression strategy.
Last Updated on February 22, 2023