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Hoseline Deployment Problems

Fri, 19 Jul 2013|

Lieutenant Walter Lewis of the Orlando (FL) Fire Department discusses how to overcome hoseline problems at a problem, including compensating for a short stretch or burst length of line.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, everyone. Welcome to Training Minutes for Engineering, I'm Walt Lewis. Today we're gonna talk about overcoming hand line problems when you've deployed a hose off of an apparatus. In one of our first situations, the firefighter's deploying his hose line from the apparatus. Sometimes the hose isn't loaded properly or he's a little bit anxious to get the line in place. When the hose is dropped and easy overcome for that problem, is to quickly grab a coupling. And the nozzle. And bring it up to the area of deployment. It gives you the working length up by the door that you need. And still has plenty of slack for you to be able to work up towards the door. One hose line problem is where the officers advanced the hose line into the structure and realize they've stretched short. An easy tactic to supplement the hose line, is to pull a trash line or 100 foot feeder line off of the apparatus. Once the officer realizes he's made that decision, he'll come outside or call on the radio to the apparatus operator to get that into action. One option to help supplement the hose line that you need,. Is to pull 100 foot or 50 foot line off of the apparatus and bring it up to the scene. You prefer to set your hose down up close to the action area so you don't have to drag that much hose further into the structure. The closer to the line, the better. And this point, the officer would call for the nozzle to be bled. And the line to be shut down. [BLANK_AUDIO] Speed is of the essence to make this happen. We wanna be able to get the hose line back in action as quickly as possible. [BLANK_AUDIO]. Once the hose line's connected, the high sign's given, the line's charged again, the kinks are taken out of the line if there are any and now the hose line is back in action. If necessary, he can move up to the doorway, and help feed hoseline into the structure. Another problem that occur is a burst length. The heads-up engineer on the outside may notice this by the hose leaking, or showing signs of failure. He can bring out a donor roll like this, also called the utility roll in some departments, or also pull that line that the firefighter did in the previous shot. A heads up engineer, on the outside, can be very valuable to the whole operation. Whether he uses a utility roll or a donor roll, a high rise pack, or predeployed line to be able to get that line supplemented. For either of the problems we can run into, such as that burst length, or the short stretch. Or if we have another problem, such as that dropped hose bundle that the fireman can overcome. Being prepared is what's necessary. Thank's for watching fire engineering's training minutes, I'm Walt Lewis.

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