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Standpipe Rack Tips

Tue, 5 Jun 2012|

Nick Martin and company demonstrate two different methods for packing hose loads for deployment in high-rise and non-high-rise firefighting scenarios. Sponsored by Globe.



[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi. Welcome to Fire Engineering Training Minutes. Thanks to our host Globe Turnout Gear. I'm Nick Martin. Today Curtis and I are gonna show you some tips about how to, prepare your stand pipe racks for fast and easy deployment. There are a variety of different ways we can rack, or load our stand pipe racks, and the primary thing that that should be driven off of. Is an assessment of what our operational plan is, our expected manpower, and probably most importantly, the type and style of buildings that we respond to. A couple of things that we're gonna show you today, first, using 100 feet of inch and three quarter, I think it's important that we divide our stand pipe racks so that they're light. And manoeuvrable so that one firefighter can comfortably carry them. Having much more than 100 feet of hose in one stand-pipe rack tends to make it a little bit more heavy and a little bit too awkward for one person to effectively manage. So a simple way we can prepare our our 100 foot section here. We've taken our sections, coupled them together and have them just nicely laid out behind us here. We're gonna start with the coupling. Cor is just gonna lift that up, we're gonna slide our, our strap underneath here. And it's important to note, you know, we're using, this style of strap here today. There are a variety of different things out on the market. Again, it's important you do an assessment of what's gonna work best for you. There are things that are commercially available and to be honest there's a lot of things you can build in the firehouse out of scrap materials for nothing that will work just as well. If not, better. So, we've got a little bit of an overhang here. And what we wanna do, is we want to have our overall length of our pack is going to be just enough that when we put it on, it's gonna drape evenly from our front to back. So it is has a good balance point and it's neither falling off the back of us. Or falling off the front of us. So here we're gonna kinda work in a two team. We're gonna make two columns. So Kurt is working one side, I'm gonna work the other. We just bring the hose to us. One top of each other. And one thing with any engine company operation is we gotta remember you know our hose if, if, it looks pretty it's gonna pull pretty. So, we need to put our hose on there, with care, and, if it looks nice and it's put away the right way, we can expect it to deploy nice and deploy the right way when we need it in a fire scenario. So, with our first 50 foot column, we'll just leave our cufflinks sitting there for a minute. while we do our second 50 foot column. When packing any hose an easy way to kind of line up our ends and make our ends. nice and smooth, is just take them and give them a firm hit with a gloved hand and a kind of causes a little bit of a crease in the hose, makes it sit nice and comfortably. Now Curtis is going to put our reducer and our nozzle on our two ends. It's an important point to note because those are going to be our two heavy items. You want to avoid having those items in exactly the same place. You want to try and stagger them. That both offsets the amount of material that one strap is dealing with. And also, it's gonna allow us a couple of different deployment options that I'll show you here in a minute. So we're gonna take the nozzle, and we're gonna secure that at one end. And whatever end the nozzle is not at, that's where we're gonna secure our female end. So Curtis has our nozzle secured down at that end, so I'll work on securing our coupling up here and then we're just going to use our straps to secure our load in place. It's important that the straps secure tightly. So that the line isn't falling apart as you're going up the stairs or going down the street. Another important point to remember about these, these racks is we call them stand five racks or high rise bags, etcetera. But they're really useful for so much more than that. A lot of departments across this country are gonna use this style of load more often for replacing burst length. Or extending a line, a pre connect or something, more often than they're actually gonna use it for high rise firefighting. So this is a very versatile hose set up that can be used in a variety of different scenarios. So once we have our line all strapped down, this is what our finished product looks like and we can see here that it's very easy for one firefighter to carry. It drapes nicely across my front and my back. It's, it's fairly lightweight and it's very maneuverable. Talked about putting the ends in different ends or the nozzle and the female at different ends that, this is why I wanna do this. When I'm carrying this, I wanna have this nozzle here at my front. If I'm in a two firefighter scenario and my standpipe is over here, my second firefighter can come in, and without me taking this off my shoulder he can begin to undo the buckles. I'll keep the nozzle section in one. And he can take the female section and go off and couple that and I can move on down towards my objective, or down the hallway, etc. The other option is I can take my line in a one fire fighter scenario, lay it out down here on the ground, and I want to place my nozzle going towards the fire. Open up my bag, I can take my line, and then, these lines, this is very easy to just grab as much of a handful as I can get. And I can move down towards my objective taking in this case just about 50 feet of hose in one hand. So this is one option we can use. It's very easy to make from things you may have laying around the fire house and you'll find it's very versatile and easily to deploy in both highrise and non-highrise scenarios. So we're gonna show you another method an alternative deployment method for our inch to quarter stamp pipes here. in just a sec. So keeping with, that there are a variety of different types of hoses that we can use in our standpipe rack, Curtis and I are gonna show you another option here, also involving 100 feet of inch and three quarter hose. What we've done in preparation is, both links are separate and we've rolled them with the male coupling, not the female coupling, on the outside of the load. One coupling has already been connected to our nozzle here and we're gonna take our nozzle and we're gonna give ourself about four feet of space. OK. That could vary a little bit depending on the size of the compartment or area on the apparatus that you're gonna put it but just keep in mind that you want a length that is gonna at, at, at its end drape nicely over your shoulders front to back. So using our roll here we're gonna start at our end and we're just gonna use this roll too feed around the outside of the line. Just kinda wrapping the nozzle underneath itself etcetera. Using this in a roll fashion prevents the hose from twisting and tangling on itself and makes the evolution a lot easier. If you have a third firefighter it makes things go even faster and smoother. [pause] [music] [background noise]. Once we get to the end of our coupling here, the end of our load, we're just gonna connect our other length in. You continue rolling it around. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [music] So we already have our inch and a half. Two, two and a half reducer on here. We've got our line racks nice and tight. This type of load seems to work best not so much in a commercially available style bag, but just using a few seatbelts. So we can find a few old seatbelts, from say a backboard, or some old SCVA straps we might be able to get sewn together. And we're just going to lay them out, three straps, evenly spaced. The important thing is we want at least one of the straps to cover the heavy portion of the nozzle. It's going to come across there and we're going to work as a team here so we don't let it fall apart. One firefighter lifts it up as the other feeds it under. And then we can smoosh it together, kind of using our knees for some pressure. [NOISE] As we make our connection and same with our metal strap and our end straps. [NOISE] Now on the other end we don't have the nosel but we have our reducer here that's also a heavy assembly. We wanna make sure our that our strap is also controlling that. [SOUND] These straps are a little loose for for us. This one's nice and tight. We wanna have our straps as tight as possible, so that when you're, you're moving, and you're running, and you're gonna up and down those stairs, or bouncing across the fire ground. Your strap, your, your rack stays tight and it doesn't fall apart. But now once again we have a hundred feet of hose that's very easily controllable by one firefighter even with no hands. And we can take it where we need it. Again, this is very useful not only in a stand fight firefighting scenario. But in a scenario of, say, extending a line on a front lawn or in a hallway. And the nice thing about this load is, as we're going to show you in another video in this season of Training Minutes, is that this line is going to deploy and self, flake itself out. So simply it just goes down on the ground. We release our straps. Our female end gets connected to whatever our water supply is. We spread out our center section here. Take our pipe over here, charge this line, it'll form a nice set of stacked coils. You'll have water flow instantly available at the end of the line and it'll flake nicely out of the top. So there are, you know, depending on the ti, the size of hose you use, the style of buildings you run, and the type of equipment you have available. There are a variety of different options on how you can build your racks, or stand pipe packs, or high rise bags, or whatever you call them. Remember to keep them versatile. Remember to keep them good for not only high rise fire fighting, but also, good for extending lines or replacing burned segments. And just remember to always be thinking outside of the box and have plan a, b, c, d ready. Thanks for watching Fire Engineering's Training Minutes and thanks to our sponsor Globe Turnout Gear.

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