Pre-connected handlines made more convenient

Issue 6 and Volume 138.

Pre-connected handlines made more convenient Dispatches Fire departments should be aware that with a minimal expense they can more conveniently use their 1 1/2-inch or 1 3/4-inch cross-lay pre-connect handlines. In 1972 the Bartlett and Countryside Fire Protection District, Bartlett, IL, took delivery of its first pumper using cross-lay pre-connect lines, At that time, cross-lay preconnect handlines were just coming on the scene as standard operating procedure, and their use was a new experience. Apparatus manufacturers had just started building the compartments for bedding that type of hose lay. Our pumper had extremely narrow transverse compartments. It was difficult to couple or uncouple the 1 1/2inch hose from the swivel connection at the base of the compartment. We solved this by using small lengths of hose, six to eight feet long (depending on the distance from the ground to the cross-lay compartment swivel connection). With this short length, the hose…

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