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Quick Deployment Option for Standpipe Operations

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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Transcript

[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, welcome to Fire Engineering's training minutes sponsored by Globe Turnout Gear. I'm Nick Martin and you know we're gonna talk about some deployment options for stand pipe based evolutions. There are a variety of different stand pipe rack hose load configurations out there, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Today we're gonna talk about a specific style of, standpipe rack for inch and three quarter hose, and some of the advantages that it offers us. The style of rack that we're using, Curtis has on his shoulder here, is a hundred feet of inch and three quarter line. We already have with it an appropriate nozzle, and a reducer assembly to connect to our two and a half standpipe 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 line is its 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 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 a 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 stand pipe 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. We place our assembly down in the area of the standpipe, and Curtis is simply gonna release our three straps. [NOISE] Taking a loop of hose with the reducer assembly on it. We'll make our connection onto the standpipe, [NOISE] and now w e can go down, and we're gonna go to the middle of our assembly where the pipe is, and 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 charged, 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. [BLANK_AUDIO] As our line is charged, you'll see that it's gonna expand into a series of loops and it's gonna have very minimal to low kinking at all, and that's gonna allow us to have constant and immediate flow at the nozzle. [NOISE] We now have 100 feet of hose that's been charged in a very tight space. And for purposes of our video here, this is gonna be our hallway where we need to fight fire. Curtis is gonna open our door. Chock 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 kink and allowing for free and easy deployment, even by one firefighter. So to wrap it up, what we see here is that we have an option for deploying an inch and three-quarter base standpipe rack with minimal manpower. Many departments these days will have to operate with minimal manpower, and this is certainly an option for em. 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, of sand pipe rack is also easily used to extend a pre-connect or a bed 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 to our sponsors, Globe Turnout Gear.

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