Hose Deployment

What hose stretch would you use?

Here is an example of store fronts that are off of the street. This is like an alley that runs parallel  perpendicular to the main streets.

In most cases, these have a tax payer on the main level and residential units on the upper floors.

You can see that hose deployment is a priority and should be picked carefully.  The wrong choice could be very detrimental.  This brings up a good question: what type of hose loads do you use and deploy for non-traditional lays?

How long are they and what other uses are they good for?  What sizes and configurations do you use?  Where do you keep these loads and how are they loaded?

We have to remember that the atypical fire requires atypical tactics in some cases and the norm of pulling a 1 3/4 inch cross lay or speed load just isn’t going to get it done.

Train hard and be careful.

3 Comments

  • truckie431 says:

    For atypical stretches, especially one with a little distance to it, we would use our 400′ leader line (200′ of 2-1/2, and 200′ of 1-3/4 connected together by a gated wye)…this also allows an additional stretch of 1-3/4″ to be added to the gated wye by the second due engine company, so you can get two lines in service quickly with minimal effort and with minimal staffing…the 400′ leader line is standard on all of our engine companies and is packed in a minuteman style load off the rear…

  • Nate Q. says:

    Due to the typical stretches in our district, the longest load we have is a 200′ preconnect. For a stretch such as this, we’d do one of two things depending on the estimated stretch.

    -Pull the 200′ 2 1/2″ preconnect and the “highrise” pack (150′ 1 1/2″ with a 2 1/2″ pony and wye).

    -Pull a 3″ line from the supply bed (1500′ available), connect “highrise pack” with wye.

    2 1/2″ preconnects are flat loaded or triple layer, and 1 1/2″ “highrise” packs are flat loaded in a Milwaukee strap. As mentioned, second -in can add another line at the wye. We don’t do this much, but it has worked decently for the times we’ve needed it (usually on the outskirts of town).

  • OJT says:

    In our district we have a 700 ft long alley with single family dwellings on each side and no seperation between the exposures. Standard for us is to come in on the closest side of the alley and pull 350ft of 2 1/2 off the rear bed. Being a 3 person engine, the captain and firefighter drag the line and the second engine is told to bring a 4″ supply line to the first engine. It’s going to be a few minutes before we get water. At the end of the 2 1/2, the firefighter can sit on the smoothbore nozzle himself until someone else shows up with the 100ft 1 3/4″ high rise packs and a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 gated wye.

    A 2 1/2″ line can support 500gpm, with a lot of friction loss, if the fire can’t be controlled with two 1 3/4″ handlines going interior.

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