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W I N T E R   2 0... A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION
WINTER 2004
A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION
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So…..
When Did We
Stop Caring
about SAFETY?
A
safety for the operator. In the case of TFT’s
typical 13/4" Handline nozzle flowing
unique 1250 gpm-rated Crossfire portable
150 gpm @ 100 psi exhibits about
monitor, while it includes warning
75 lbs. of nozzle reaction. A 21/2"
instructions as well as the typical safety
flowing 300 gpm about 150 lbs.,
tie-down strap, it also provides the next
a Blitzfire portable monitor at 500 gpm
level in personnel safety. The exclusive
about 250 lbs., and a Crossfire portable
automatic safety shut-off mechanism
monitor flowing 1250 gpm will have
found in the Crossfire immediately restricts
over 600 lbs. of nozzle reaction in
about 90 percent of the appliance’s flow
straight stream.
and reduces reaction force should the unit
Yet, even with a good understanding of
tip and become unstable.
the reaction forces and safety concerns
Much like the Crossfire portable
involved in higher flowing appliances, it’s
monitor, the unique Blitzfire personal
rare to see a picture of a monitor in use
portable monitor takes integrated safety
that has been positioned and secured
even one step further, with a patented
properly. It’s far more common to see the
shut-off mechanism that quickly closes the
elevation safety stop, a standard safety
internal slide valve at the first sign of
device on all monitors, pulled with the
instability. Unlike competitive models that
stream lowered well below the
have recently entered the market, which
thirty-degree angle. Often the outcome of
MUST be tied down for safe use, the
these actions is personal injury or property
Blitzfire is truly designed as an aggressive
damage. Ultimately, the cost to any
attack tool. The key to the Blitzfire’s
jurisdiction of a firefighter injured in a
popularity is the internal safety valve and
preventable accident such as a runaway
its AUTOMATIC function.
monitor or something as simple as not
using a seatbelt in an apparatus
can be enormous. Yet, these
accidents happen every day as
common sense is often clouded
by the emotions of the moment.
■ JUMBO FLOWS from Jumbo Valves
The point is…these accidents
DO NOT have to happen when
■ Trade Show Calendar
the most basic fireground rules
■ Retrofitting the new Extend-A-Gun Remote Control
and deployment procedures are
followed. They also don’t have
■ NO…This REALLY Sucks
to happen if the equipment used
■ A MONSOON in Minneapolis?
provides an extra margin of
IN THIS ISSUE
For the same reason, it’s nearly
impossible to get some firefighters to wear
a seatbelt in a fire truck. There will always
be instances when high-flowing appliances
are placed in service in an unstable or
unsafe manner. Often the difference
between a fireground injury or damage
and an uneventful operation can be the
integrated safety systems designed into
TFT’s high flowing appliances.
It’s about time that safety MATTERS –
not only in the apparatus on the way to
the incident, but also during suppression
activities with high-nozzle reaction
appliances. Task Force Tips is the only
manufacturer of portable monitors
to offer integrated automatic safety
shut-off mechanisms.
For additional information on the
Crossfire and Blitzfire portable
monitors, contact TFT’s customer
service group and request the new
“Monitor Systems and Masterstream
Nozzles” catalog #4 or visit
www.tft.com and enter the
WEB KEY CODE XC for
additional information.
■ Mr. Fix-It – Handline Pressure Controls and ON-Line Sales
2800 EAST EVANS AVENUE
VALPARAISO, INDIANA 46383-6940
(219) 462-6161
(800) 348-2686 US & CANADA
www.tft.com
WELCOME
I
n this issue of the TFT newsletter, you will
have the opportunity to review some of the
new, innovative products we recently
introduced to fire and emergency service
providers worldwide. This is an exciting time
at Task Force Tips with our entry into the
remote-controlled monitor business, product
line extensions in our large diameter hose
hardware offerings, as well as the introduction
of our revolutionary in-line foam eductor
series. As a company long known for
innovation, Task Force Tips remains dedicated to the design, development,
and manufacture of rugged equipment that meets and exceeds our
customers’ expectations.
As fire suppression agencies-reevaluate their high-rise and low-pressure fire
streams management operational guidelines, there are several key elements that
need to be considered when making important equipment decisions.
Target Fire Flows
With all of the confusion over nozzle choices, operational pressures, and
applicable national standards, as firefighters, we often lose sight of the most basic
fire ground reality. It’s about the FLOW – gallons per second applied into the fire
space absorbing BTUs. Mother Nature and the Fire Tetrahedron are very
unforgiving when it comes to inadequate fire flows. First and foremost, before
any hardware choice can be made, target fire flows need to be established for
maximum performance.
Operational Pressures
Identifying pressure limitations in pumper operations or in fixed-system designs is
equally as important as choosing a nozzle with a 100, 75, or 55 psi operating
pressure. While FLOW (gpm) is the key element in fire fighting operations,
PRESSURE (psi) is the energy that provides the hard-hitting reach and penetration
of a straight stream or the wide protective fog pattern. It requires the perfect
balance of FLOW and PRESSURE to assure that your team has the right system to
achieve rapid suppression.
Hose Size, Design, and Performance
A nozzle choice should never be made without evaluating the entire fire streams
delivery system first. From pump to fire, how attack hoses perform under
low-pressure operations can vary greatly. Friction loss, kink resistance, weight, and
durability all need to be tested in practical scenarios to completely understand the
overall performance of your nozzle choice.
Even with hundreds of fixed, selectable, automatic, dual-pressure automatic,
and low-pressure nozzles from which to choose, the process can be as
simple as 1-2-3-4.
1. Establish your target fire flow delivery rates (often 150 gpm minimum).
2. After practical testing, determine the size, length, and style of attack hose.
3. Choose the nozzle style and nozzle operating pressure that provide
maximum stream performance to your initial attack crew.
4. Establish a pump discharge pressure that will supply the target
fire flow. (Nozzle Pressure + Friction Loss of the Hose at the Target
Flow = Minimum Pump Discharge Pressure).
If your department needs assistance in determining the right nozzle choice for
your operations, please contact your local authorized TFT dealer, one of our
regional managers, or the Hydraulics Hot-Line 800-348-2686.
Regards,
Stewart McMillan
President
UPCOMING
SHOWS
Texas Association of Fire Educators
January 8-14
San Antonio, TX
Visit with Jerry Pilarski, South Regional Manager, and
take a look at TFT’s complete line of dual pressure
nozzles. From 70 up to 500 gpm, Jerry will show you
how to maximize your fire streams performance.
FDSOA Apparatus Spec & Vehicle Maintenance
January 16-19, 2005
Orlando, FL
Louisiana Fire Chief’s Association
January 21-22, 2005
Baton Rouge, LA
Long Island Fire Rescue EMS Mega Show
January 29-30, 2005
Uniondale, NY
Stop by and visit with members of Cottrell Associates
and get the full scoop on the new Handline Up-Grade
package. Designed to fit TFT Handlines produced as far
back as 1987, this Up-Grade kit replaces the complete
front end and adds a new color-coded shut off.
Firehouse World Expo & Congress
January 31-February 3, 2005
San Diego, CA
Firehouse World Expo
February 1-3, 2005
San Diego, CA
2005 Winter Fire School & Equipment Expo
February 4-6, 2005
Columbia, MO
Stop by and see Ron Prast and the fine folks at Towers
Apparatus. See what’s new at TFT. For more
information, call 573-882-4735.
Pierce Dealer Showcase
February 6, 2005
Appleton, WI
Fire Resource East
February 10-12, 2005
Jacksonville, FL
Want to Check out TFT's Complete
Show Calendar? Simply log on to
www.tft.com and click onto the
“Events” Section for more info.
North Dakota Fire School
February 24-27,2005
Bismark, ND
This Jumbo Valve
Can Handle
Jumbo Flows
The Jumbo Gate
Valve offers
rugged durability
and large flows
with minimal loss.
TFT's unique
wedge-shaped
stainless steel valve
reduces wear on the
sealing gasket.
■ Unique stainless steel wedge gate design provides
low-wear, reliable bi-directional sealing, and is ideal
for use with either a pressurized water supply or
from draft.
■ Triple-coat process uses poly-impregnation, hard
coat anodizing and powder coating to provide
maximum corrosion resistance to the lightweight
aluminum castings.
■ Patent-pending polymer ring coupling attachment
method provides electrical isolation to prevent
galvanic corrosion and allows for simple
coupling changes.
■ Quick acting, field adjustable pressure relief valve
operates from 50-250 psi for positive hose and
pump protection.
■ 30-degree inlet elbow incorporates an air/water drain
and allows hose connections to be made with
minimal kinks and coupling stress.
■ Over 106 models provide any combination of Storz
or Threaded hose connection from 3" to 6", and all
are rated at 250 psi operational pressure and are
hydrostatically tested to 900 psi.
For additional information on the unique Jumbo Gate
Valve, or any of over 500 large diameter hose hardware
products, contact TFT Customer Service and request
Catalog #5 Water Delivery Hardware & Accessories, the
LDH Hardware Video, or visit www.tft.com and enter
WEB Key Code AG for additional on-line information.
LOSS (PSI)
W
hen flows up to 2000 gpm are needed for
high-volume fire suppression operations, the Jumbo
Gate Valve from TFT is the perfect choice for
low-friction loss, simple operation, and rugged durability.
Designed for the harsh fire ground environment, this
unique valve system offers features found in no other
competitive valve.
The Jumbo Gate Valve on a pumper intake
provides simple operation from either a
pressurized source or from draft.
50
45
40
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
JUMBO GATE VALVE PRESSURE LOSS
0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
FLOW (GPM)
GATE VALVE WITH 4" ELBOW AND STORZ CONNECTION
GATE VALVE WITH 5" ELBOW AND STORZ CONNECTION
GATE VALVE (WITHOUT ELBOW) WITH 5" STORZ
TEACHING
YOUR
OLD DOG
NEW
TRICKS
The Hurricane RC and
Extend-A-Gun RETROFIT
S
ince 1995, over 8000
manually operated
Extend-A-Guns have been
installed in apparatus to
maximize the operation of our
most powerful fire streams
management tool…the
pre-piped deck gun. Now, with
operator safety being a major
focus of new NFPA apparatus
standards, the day of a
firefighter climbing to the top of
the truck to operate a deck gun
may be coming to an end.
Whether it’s issues of safety
or limited staffing, getting
“big water” on the fire is a
labor-intensive process that
often precludes the use of this
important tool. Taking all of
these issues into consideration,
it’s obvious why remotely
controlled deck guns are quickly
becoming a standard
component of many modern
fire apparatus. A perfect
example of how this emerging
technology can solve critical
safety and staffing issues is the
combination of Task Force Tips’
new Hurricane RC remote
controlled monitor and the
exclusive Extend-A-Gun RC3.
Recently, a project truck was
completed to showcase
how one department set out to
maximize their initial attack
capabilities and are “teaching
their apparatus some
new tricks.”
PROJECT APPARATUS
Liberty Township Engine 1911
PROJECT SCOPE
Replace manual
Extend-A-Gun and
Crossfire manual monitor
with a remotely controlled
Extend-A-Gun RC3 and
Hurricane RC monitor.
PROJECT ACTIVITY
■ Replace manual
Extend-A-Gun with
remote controlled
unit.The bottom portion
of the Extend-A-Gun
plumbing does not need
to be changed. The inner
sleeve slips out after
removing two bolts, and
the new remote control
sleeve slips in and bolts
in place. No plumbing
changes are necessary.
■ Establish the electrical
connection and mount
the Extend-A-Gun RC3
operational control box in
a convenient location.
■ Install the Hurricane RC
to the top of the
Extend-A-Gun RC3 unit.
■ Establish the electrical
connection and mount
the operational
control box, tether
control, and radio
frequency controllers.
■ Perform flow and
operational tests.
PROJECT SUMMARY
With minimal labor required,
Engine 1911 now has
complete remote control
monitor capabilities,
including the use of radio
frequency, tethered, and
panel-mounted control units.
Now a high-volume stream
can easily be put into service
with limited staff, and no
longer is an operator
required to stand on top of
the truck to direct the gun.
For additional information on
TFT’s full line of high
performance remote
controlled equipment,
contact Customer Service,
800-348-2686, and request
Catalog #4 “Monitors and
Master Stream Nozzles” or
visit www.tft.com.
Unique two-piece design
New eductors available
with either 2 1/2" or 11/2" inlet
“Auto Flush” feature offers quick and complete flushing of residue
Large pickup tube and metering
head for accurate proportioning
All Eductors are
NOT Created EQUAL
TFT’s NEW In-line Eductor Series
F
or generations, the design and function of a common
in-line foam eductor has remained relatively
unchanged…until now.
When agent delivery experts from TFT gathered to discuss
improving the form and function of in-line eductors, the
following issues were identified as being KEY problems
with current competitive models that had to be corrected
in future designs.
INJECTION ACCURACY
With the introduction and use of the much thicker ARC
(alcohol resistant concentrate) foams currently available,
competitive models lack the ability to accurately educt
6 percent and, often, even 3 percent concentrations.
FLUSHING OF CONCENTRATE
Competitive models, even when indicating in their operational
manuals that they need adequate flushing after each use,
routinely cease to function when key components get
gummed up with residual foam concentrate.
SIZE AND SHAPE
Current competitive models are nearly impossible to easily
disassemble and store or inspect.
After extensive design and development, accuracy and
field-testing, as well as operational review, the new Task Force
Tips in-line foam eductor series solves the problems that plague
competitive models.
■ With percentage choices of 0.25 percent, 0.5 percent,
and 1 percent for Class A foam concentrates, and
1 percent, 3 percent, and 6 percent for AFFF and
AFFF-AR Class B concentrates, the incredibly
accurate TFT eductor has been calibrated and field
tested to National Foam’s “Knockdown ®” Class A
foam, and National Foam’s “Universal Gold ®”
AFFF-AR foam. The foam pickup tube and metering
head are proportionally larger to easily and accurately
pick up the thicker foam concentrates.
■ TFT’s new “Auto-Flush” feature allows easy and
complete flushing of the metering head and pickup
tube with a simple push of the button.
■ The unique design of the metering head disconnect
feature allows the head to be removed, inspected, or
stored, even when the body of the eductor remains in
a charged hoseline. By assuring easy removal, even
with a gloved hand, the problems associated with
storing an eductor, with the cumbersome pickup hose
in a truck compartment are solved for forever.
For additional information on the new TFT in-line eductor,
or any of over 50 foam injection and application related
products, contact Customer Service, 800-348-2686, and
request Catalog #6 “Foam Application and Injection
Equipment” or visit www.tft.com.
These NEW Products
Really DO Suck…
Foam That Is!
TFT’s FOAM SOLUTION
Application Package
Masterfoam
Eductor
PRO/pak
I
t’s a given anymore that firefighting is
as much about providing emergency
medical assistance as it is about
pulling lines and attacking the fiery red
dragon. With fire suppression duties
becoming a dwindling portion of our
overall responsibility, most firefighters
will admit that even less attention is
given to their department’s ability to
establish and maintain a foam
application operation. Yes, we all know
NFPA recommendations offer input on
how the first due engine company
should be outfitted to provide a
minimum 15-minute foam application,
but when faced with a complex
incident, this task is often relegated
to the local Haz-Mat team. All too
often, these teams are typically
less equipped to deal with a
flammable-liquids incident than the
first arriving companies.
From the simplest auto accident with
fuel on the ground, to over-the-road
trucks, rail tank cars, bulk storage
facilities, pipelines, and petro-chemical
processing units, a potential incident
can happen anytime and in any
jurisdiction. Even though the threat of
domestic terrorism is always in the back
of our minds, the reality is that most
major incidents involving flammable
liquids happen during transit on state
and local roads, interstate highways,
and rail lines. Review of the accident
investigation reports on the National
Safety and Transportation Board web
site, www.ntsb.gov, will confirm that
no emergency service agency, large or
small, rural or urban, is immune from
the effects of a major hazardous
materials incident.
To help fire suppression agencies
cope with the daunting task of
establishing and maintaining a foam
application operation, Task Force Tips
has created a special FOAM SOLUTION
package that includes equipment to
handle anything from the smallest spill
up to 7500 sq. ft. of burning
hydrocarbon fuels. This new package
includes the proven PRO/pak foam
injection and application system, TFT’s
unique new in-line foam eductor, and
the reliable and accurate Master Foam
self-educting nozzle. This injection
equipment, when combined with
TFT’s low–pressure nozzles and
multi-expansion foam attachments,
offers simple operation, high
application performance, and
outstanding finished foam quality.
■ Supplied by either a 1" or 11/2"
line and flowing up to 12 gpm of
foam solution, the PRO/pak is
ideal for vapor and fire
suppression of hydrocarbon
fuels up to 120 sq. ft. in size.
■ The new Eductor Series, with
TFT’s exclusive AUTO-flush
feature, is designed for
suppression of hydrocarbon
fuels from 600 sq. ft. up to
1250 sq. ft. in size, depending
on your choice of 60, 95, or
125 gpm version.
■ The Master Foam self-educting
nozzles can deal with
suppression of hydrocarbon
fuels from 3500 sq. ft. up to
7500 sq. ft. in size, depending
on your choice of the 350, 500,
or 750 gpm version.
These application rates are based on the
use of a U.L. listed AFFF foam
concentrate on hydrocarbon fuels. For
alcohol type fuels, application rates
would reduce the area of coverage by
50 percent, and a U.L. listed AFFF-AR
type foam should be used.
From the smallest spill to a major
incident, the FOAM SOLUTION
“package” provides simple, easy-to-use,
foam injection and application
equipment for a fraction of the cost of
an on-board foam proportioning
system. When combined with your
U.L Listed AFFF or AFFF-AR foam
concentrate and any combination of
TFT nozzles and multi-expansion foam
attachments, it creates the perfect
“systems” approach to foam
applications. Add a little hands-on
training with some inexpensive and
environmentally friendly Class A or
training foam, and you can quickly
improve your department’s capability
to deal with both local hazards and
potential terrorist targets.
For more information on this
unique TFT package, refer to the
Price and Specifications Book,
Color Catalog #6 (Foam
Application and Injection
Equipment), or www.tft.com . For
additional foam training materials,
including the exclusive Spill
Response Slide Chart, contact
TFT customer service.
Monsoon HITS
Minneapolis
Monsoon RC with
Masterstream 2000
TFT’s New Remote Control Monitor
Takes the City by Storm
N
ow, when the tones go off and the emergency lights
come on, the Minneapolis Fire Department will be
responding with one of their new General Safety/
Rosenbauer 2000 gpm custom pumpers equipped
with the Task Force Tips Monsoon RC. Easily
handling the engine’s 2000 gpm capacity, the Monsoon
remotely controlled monitors provide incredible water flow
delivery, minimal friction loss, and unparalleled stream reach
and quality.
With the day of the firefighter operating a master stream
device from the top of an apparatus coming to an end, the
development of rugged and reliable remote control monitors
and Extend-A-Guns has taken a high priority in TFT’s
engineering group. Whether it’s issues of safety or lack of
staffing, the use of a remote control appliance for either an
aggressive initial attack, or a defensive operation gives the
fire ground commander a powerful new tool in the fire
suppression toolbox.
The Minneapolis/General Safety design extends a 4" waterway
from the mid-ship pump to the rear driver’s side of the engine
where the Monsoon RC is mounted. Controls for the monitor
are integrated into the pump panel and can be operated from
the rear of the apparatus with a 30-foot tethered control box.
Both locations provide an outstanding view of fire ground
operations, and allow the operator to take full advantage of the
incredible reach of the Monsoon RC’s stream.
Monsoon with
Stacked Tips
Extend-A-Gun RC4
■ The Monsoon RC’s unique waterway design
eliminates performance-robbing friction loss and
unwanted turbulence. From 300 gpm up to 2000 gpm,
TFT’s MasterStream 2000 automatic nozzle or the
exclusive laser-engraved stacked tips provides
industry-leading stream performance.
■ Water-resistant electrical motors, wiring, and
electronic controls are all designed for rugged
year-round fireground operations without corrosion
and failures due to moisture.
■ Every installation offers the choice of either flush
mounted, tethered, or TFT’s exclusive radio
frequency controls.
■ The Monsoon RC also offers an exclusive user
programmable oscillation function for use without
operator intervention, as well as an automatic “stow”
function when fire flow operations are completed.
In Minneapolis, where fire flow performance is measured in
gallons per minute delivered within the first moments of arrival
at a fire scene, the new Monsoon remote controlled monitors
offer a level of performance found NO WHERE ELSE. For
maximum reach, incredible stream quality, firefighter safety, and
rugged durability in all fireground conditions; the Monsoon
series of manual and remote control monitors are the new
industry leaders.
For additional information, contact TFT customer service
and request Catalog #4 – Monitor Systems and
MasterStream Nozzles – or visit www.tft.com and enter
WEB KEY Code YRC for additional information.
A S K
A:
Targeted at full-size 50-350 gpm TFT Handlines
with a slide valve shut-off produced from 1985
through January 2004, this exclusive upgrade
package is designed for easy installation in the
field, and will bring an old nozzle up to current
NFPA-compliant performance. The upgrade
package will have complete instructions and the
parts necessary to easily make the conversion –
some basic tools will be required. Tip-Only
versions of the older Handline series will not
accept this upgrade. The package includes a
new factory-tested front end (including a new
style pressure control mechanism and labeling),
as well as a new polymer color-coded shut-off
T H E
Q:
I saw a news release that stated we could
now buy a Handline Upgrade package for
our older Handline nozzles? Where do
we get these?
E X P E R T
Mike Grcich
Service Manager
handle kit. Four models will be available and
can be ordered through your local authorized
TFT dealer.
After conversion, with a complete new frontend, pressure control mechanism, labeling, and
a new color-coded shut-off handle, the nozzle
will also receive an extended five-year warranty.
The upgrade package will contain a “new” serial
number, and when this number and the “old”
serial number of the old nozzle front end are
supplied to TFT Customer Service, the new
warranty period will begin.
Dual-Force
95-250 gpm
100/55 psi operational pressures
Dual-Force
95-250 gpm
75/45 psi operational pressures
Handline
95-250 gpm
75 psi operational pressure
Handline
95-300 gpm
100 psi operational pressure
800-348-2686
Q:
A:
Register for Your
Copy of the
Task Force Tips
Newsletter Online
at www.tft.com
While visiting the TFT Web Site, I noticed
something called Clearance Corner. What is
it, and can our department buy directly
from TFT?
First, the Clearance Corner is a collection of new
and factory-inspected used equipment that is for
sale directly to Fire Departments at greatly
reduced prices. Often these items come from
our trade show inventory, our fleet of
demonstration vehicles, or from fire training
academies as they change equipment each year.
Secondly, your department can access these
products following this simple procedure:
2800 EAST EVANS AVENUE
VALPARAISO, INDIANA 46383-6940
■ Request registration to the web site and
follow the link back when you receive
your registration e-mail.
■ Click on Clearance Corner, and you will
see a description, picture, and pricing
of nozzles and equipment available.
The offerings on Clearance Corner
often change daily as items are
sold or added.
■ Payment can be handled either with
a department purchase order or
credit card.
■ You will receive a confirmation of the
transaction and shipping.
Prst Std
US Postage
PA I D
Valparaiso, IN
Permit # 134
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