Apparatus & Equipment

Working With Large-Diameter Hose, Part 2

Issue 2 and Volume 153.

Part 1 was published in the January 2000 issue. It covered the attributes of LDH and safety and efficiency considerations when using it. For many of us, practically all of our water supply hoselays are performed from hydrant to fire, a forward lay. In this age of large-diameter hose (LDH), most of the time, engines no longer have to pump hoselines at a hydrant. We have already examined the advantages of a forward lay. Now, let’s look at some disadvantages. The engine “backs down” toward the fire. Click here to enlarge image Engines that lay in their own supply line can turn the fireground into a parking lot for fire apparatus. This becomes a real problem in congested areas that already have limited access such as garden apartment complexes, shipping terminals, lumberyards, and alleys at the rear of strip shopping centers. Where space is at a premium, it should be…

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