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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.



[MUSIC] [SOUND] Hi. Welcome to Fire Engineering's Training Minutes. Thanks to our host, who will turn out here. I'm Nick Martin, and today, Curtis and I are gonna show you some tips about how to prepare your standpipe racks for fast and easy deployment. There are a variety of different ways we can rack or load our standpipe racks. And the primary thing that that should be driven off of. Is an assessment of what our operational plan is, our expected man power, and probably most importantly, the type and style, style of buildings that we respond to. A couple of things 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 rack so that they're light. And maneuverable so that one firefighter can comfortably carrying them, having much more than 100 feet of hose in one [UNKNOWN] rack tends to make it a little bit more heavy and a little 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 nicely laid out behind us here, we're going to start with the coupling. Coris is just gonna lift that up. I'm 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 fire house out of scrap materials for nothing that'll work just as well. If not better. So, we got a little bit of over hang 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 our back. So that it has a good balance point and it's neither falling off the back of us. Or falling off the front of us. So here, I'm gonna kinda work on a two team, we're gonna make two columns. So Curt is working one side, I'm gonna work the other, we just bring the hose to us, on top of each other, and one thing with any engine company operation is we gotta remember, you know, our hose, if it looks pretty, it's gonna pool 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. [MUSIC] So with our first 50 foot column, we'll just leave our cup links sitting there for a minute. While we do our second 50 ft column. [work and background music] [MUSIC] When packing any hose, and easy way to kind of line up our ends, and make our ends. Nice and smooth. And just take them and give them a firm hit with a gloved hand. And it kind of causes a little bit of a crease in a hose, makes it sit nice and comfortable. Now Curtis is gonna put our reducer and our nozzle on our two ends. It's an important point to note because those are gonna be our two heavy items. You wanna avoid having both of those items in exactly the same place. You're wanna try to stagger them. That both offsets the amount of material that one strap is dealing with. And also, its gonna allow us a couple of 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 [INAUDIBLE] has our nozzle secured down on that end so I will work on securing our coupling up here and then we are 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 upstairs or going up 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 the country are gonna use this style of hose load, more often for replacing burst lengths. Or extending a line, a pre-connect or something, more often then they're actually gonna use if for high rise fire fighting. So this is a very versatile hose set-up that can used in a variety of different scenarios. So once we have our, 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 fairly light weight and it's very maneuverable. Talked about putting the ends in different ends, er the nozzle and the female at different ends. 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 stand pipe 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 on. 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 and one firefighter scenario and lay it out down here on the ground and i want to place my nozzle going towards the fire. I open up my bag and take my line and then these lines are very easy to grab as much as a hand full 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 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 east to deploy in both high rise and non-high rise scenarios. So we're gonna to show you another method, an alternative deployment method for our inch and three quarters stand pipes here. In just a sec. So keeping with the idea that there are a variety of different types of hoses that we can use in our stand pipe rack, Chris and I are going to show you another option here. While also involving 100 feet of inch and three quarter hose. What we've done in preparation is both lengths are separate and we've rolled them with the male coupling, not the female coupling, on the outside of the roll. One coupling is already being connected to our nozzle here. We're going to take our nozzle, and we're going to give ourselves about four feet of space. Okay. That could vary a little bit depending on the size of the compartment or area on the apparatus that you're going to put it, but just keep in mind that you want a length that is going to 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 to feed around the outside of the line. Just kind of wrapping the nozzle underneath itself, et cetera. [SOUND] 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. [Music and work sounds]. Once we get to the end of our coupling here, end of our load, we're just gonna connect our other length in and continue rolling it around. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] >> So we already have our inch in a half. Two, two and a half reducer on here, we have our line racks nice and tight. This type of load seems to work best, not so much in a commercially available style of bag but just using a few seatbelts so we can find a few old seatbelts from say a backboard or [INAUDIBLE] we might be able to get sewn together. And we're just gonna 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 gonna come across there. And we're gonna 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 smooch it together kinda using our knees. Force some pressure. As we make our connection, And same with our metal strap and our end straps. Now at our other end, we don't have a nozzle but we have a reducer here, that's also, also a heavy assembly. We wanna make sure that our strap is also controlling that. These straps are a little loose for us, this one's nice and tight. We wanna have our straps as tight as possible so that when you're moving and you're running and you're up, going up and down those stairs and bouncing across the fire ground. Your strack, your rack stays tight and it doesn't fall apart. But now once again, we have 100 feet of hose. It'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 [UNKNOWN] fire fighting scenario. But in a 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 gonna show you in another video, in this season of training minutes, is that this line is gonna 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 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 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 standpipe backs or high rise packs or whatever you call them. Remember to keep them versatile, remember to keep them good not only for high rise firefighting, but also, for extending lines and replacing burst 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 [UNKNOWN].

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