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fire-engines-300Fire engines have a variety of hoses to use for different purposes. Hoses, also known as lines, give the firefighters different amounts of water, depending on how long the hoses are, how wide they are, and how much pressure is provided by the pump.

The crosslay hoses are usually the first hoses that firefighters take off the truck. Crosslay hoses are 200 feet (61 meters) long and are one and a half inches (3.8 cm) wide. Using crosslays, firefighters can pump 95 gallons (360 liters) of water a minute. If the fire is a small one, they can get away with a booster line, the smallest hose on the truck, with a diameter of one inch (2.54 cm). A deluge gun is a water cannon, which is also known as a deck gun or a master stream. It can shoot more than 1,000 gallons (3,785.4 liters) of water at a fire each minute. These are only some of the hoses carried by a fire truck. There are lots more!

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