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Quick Deployment Option for Standpipe Operations

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Thu, 9 Feb 2012|

Nick Martin and his crew demonstrate one option for quickly deploying an 1 3/4-inch hoseline from a standpipe. Sponsored by Globe.

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[MUSIC] Hi, welcome to Fire Engineering's Training Minutes, sponsored by Globe Turnout Gear. I'm Nick Martin, and today we're gonna talk about some deployment options for standpipe based evolutions. There are a variety of different standpipe rack, hose load configurations out there, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Today, were going to talk about a specific style of stand pipe rack four inch and three quarter hose. And some of the advantages that it offers us. The style of racket we're using, Curtis has on his shoulder here, is a hundred feet of inch and three quarter line. We already have within an appropriate nozzle and a reducer assembly to connect our two and a half stand pipe outlet. Some departments will also attach a small bag with it, that, carries some standpipe related accessories. And we simply have it secured with three seatbelt-style assemblies. The advantage of this style of line is it's gonna allow us to hook up and charge our line and have water immediately available at the pipe, without having to worry about flaking out the line. When at all possible, it's ideal to be able to hook up the floor below or at a distance from your fire, but in some areas where you might have a wall outlet in the middle of the hallway or a one story big box style store with a stand pipe system or when you've made an error in guessing where the fire is located, you may need to have water available to fight fire now. And this line is, is well suited for that style evolution. To deploy this line here we already have our standpipe system charged to the appropriate pressure. We remove the cap and the system is flushed and we're ready to hook up. So let's see how this works and Curtis is gonna demonstrate it for us. [CLANK] We place our assembly down in the area of the standpipe and Curtis is simply gonna release our three straps. Taking a loop of hose with the reducer assembly on it. We'll make our connection onto the stand pipe. And now we can go down and we can go to the middle of our assembly where the pipe is and we can just spread it out into a loop. We place the pipe to the outside and what this is gonna do is create when it's charges a series of loops that is gonna flake out of the top effortlessly so that's why it's important that we place the pipe out and to the side. So now that our line is flaked out we're ready to charge our line. As our line is charged you'll see that it's going to expand into a series of loops and it's going to have very minimal to low kinking at all, and that's going to allow us to have constant and immediate flow at the nozzle [SOUND] We now have 100 feet of hose that's been charged in a very tight space and for the purposes of our video here this is going to be our hallway where we need to fight fire. Curtis is gonna open our door, chalk our door in the open position, and we'll see here that we have full flow immediately and now we're able to freely advance. Curtis is able to push down the hallway and without me even touching it we see that the line will automatically pull itself out of the top of its series of loops. Maintaining minimal kinks and allowing for free and easy deployment, even by one firefighter. So, to wrap it up, what we see here is we have an option for deploying an inch and three quarter standpipe rack with minimal manpower. Many departments these days, have to operate with minimal manpower and this is certainly an option for it. There are many varieties of different stand-pipe racks out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. it's important that each department select the best equipment and set-up for their area, based on the manpower we expect that we have available, and based on the size-up of the type of buildings that we have. This style of standpipe rack is also easily used to extend a pre-connect or a, bad-stretch-style line when we realize that we might have come up short and we need to stretch the line further. Thanks for watching Fire Engineering Training Minutes. And thanks for our sponsor at Globe Turnout here. [MUSIC]

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