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Small change, big impact for Ardmore firefighters

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Ardmore firefighters at work in July, 2017. (File/KTEN) Ardmore firefighters at work in July, 2017. (File/KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A small change could have a major impact on Ardmore firefighters.

The fire department recently purchased a dozen "smooth bore" nozzles to replace the "fog" nozzles they currently use. The smooth bore nozzles are actually older technology, but they'll make battling fires much more efficient.

"We get better reach and penetration, and we're also able to put more water on the fire," Deputy Chief Brandon Shepard said.

With the new nozzles, only two firefighters have to man the hose instead of three, which will help them extinguish the flames more quickly.

"He can come out, pull that two-and-a-half inch line by himself, and make a really really fast knock-down of the fire," Shepard said.

The fire department was able to purchase the new nozzles thanks to a county sales tax.

The switch Ardmore is making has even drawn attention from volunteer fire departments around Carter County, most of which are still using fog nozzles. The Ardmore department has held training sessions to show the difference switching to a smooth bore nozzle can make.

"With the volunteer agencies, by the time they get there ... typically their fires are a lot bigger fires," Shepard said.

Ardmore's new gear should be ready for deployment by the end of October.

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