Leadership

Another Use for Plastic Jug: Keeps Hoisting Rope Ready

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Another Use for Plastic Jug: Keeps Hoisting Rope Ready FEATURES Before an engine company can confine and extinguish a fire, it must get hand lines into position. If the fire is above the first floor, this becomes more difficult. The line may be stretched up the stairwell, fire escape or ladder. Or, it is sometimes necessary to haul a hand line up the outside of the building, using a rope. The officer will order a rope stretch if he determines it will be the fastest way to get water on the fire. One method of stretching up the outside of a building uses the roof rope—preferably a 3/8-inch nylon rope 75 feet long. The nylon rope is lighter, easier to carry and easier for tying knots. Inexpensive In New York City, Engine 88 carries nylon rope in a modified 1 1/2-gallon plastic bleach bottle. A hole at the neck of…

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