How to Choose the Best Nozzle for Your Dept.


Content provided by Bill Allen, CEO & Founder of WFR Wholesale Fire & Rescue Ltd.

My marketing team asked me to help them put together an article on how to choose the right nozzle for your fire department. After giving this some thought, I really could not understand why the fire industry have embraced the improvements in other areas of fire equipment (bunker gear, gloves, leather boots, battery operated rescue tools, battery operated mobile scene lighting, LED vehicle lighting, PPV Fans, etc.), but yet when it comes to nozzles we are still reluctant to change. I have been selling fire equipment for 50 years now and I still see 60% of nozzle orders coming in asking for technology that has been around since the 1970's.

Manufacturers have done a great job telling all of us what they want to sell, but not necessarily what we need. I thought the best advice I could offer is to read the attached training manual. I find it is extremely detailed and will explain all the facts on water flow and nozzles, touching on types of nozzles and their history. Although it is put together by one manufacturer, it will be the same no matter what manufacturer you use for your nozzles. Now, it is over 60 pages long so if you are interested in educating yourself on nozzles (which everyone should be as this is your first line of attack!), you will want to put it aside for reading when you have time to absorb the information.

I recommend sending this to your firefighters to learn about the basics of nozzles. I truly hope this will be a benefit for some of you, as nozzles, like all our firefighting equipment, have come a long way. We at WFR would be happy to come out to demo our full nozzle line so you can see what technology suits your department best.


Click here to view the PDF “A Firefigher’s Guide to Nozzles”

Topics include:

  • UNDERSTANDING THE FIRE NOZZLE
  • LIMITATIONS OF CONVENTIONAL NOZZLES
  • BENEFITS OF AUTOMATIC NOZZLES
  • SLIDE VALVE vs. BALL
  • TRAINING CONSIDERATIONS WITH AUTOMATICS
  • USING LARGER SIZE ATTACK LINES
  • SHAPING THE FIRE STREAM PATTERN
  • SMOOTH BORE vs. FOG TIP
  • NOZZLE REACTION
  • DUAL-FORCE/MID-FORCE
  • AUTOMATIC NOZZLES & FOAM
  • MASTER STREAM AUTOMATICS
  • THE WATER TRIANGLE CONCEPT