Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Firefighters Training with the "Smurf"

Recently the Bellevue Firefighters conducted a short pump training utilizing a new piece of equipment nicknamed the "Smurf" by firefighters, due to the color (blue), properly called the Blitzfire nozzle by Task Force Tips.

The nozzle is designed to allow firefighters to do more with less. This particular blitz nozzle can flow up to 500 gallons per minute, is lightweight and maneuverable, is easily setup, and can be left un-monitored. Once the water stream is set and is directed at the desired target the firefighter can then leave the Blitzfire nozzle and perform other tasks on the ground. The nozzle will shut itself off if it begins to slide or shift. The Blitzfire nozzle can be setup to provide a solid stream of water with varying sizes of smoothbore tips or varying degrees of a fog pattern with a different nozzle. The department has two Blitzfire nozzles, or "Smurfs", and they are carried on each of the front line Engines (Engine 511 and Engine 521). With today's fast changing fire environment this piece of equipment proves to be invaluable to the firefighters.