Firefighting

THE METRO HOSE PACK: URBANIZING A WILDLAND SUCCESS

Issue 9 and Volume 153.

In the early 1980s, many wildland hose packs in California were converted over to the “Gnass Pack.” This was a significant breakthrough over the traditional donut rolls that used to be carried when making progressive hoselays. The advantages were apparent-no more rolling sections of hose downhill, charging them, and then physically hauling them back uphill while continuing the fire attack. This new pack simply charged into a coil right where it was dropped and made advancing the line much easier, quicker, and safer. Because it was compact, lightweight, and easy to deploy, this wildland hose pack became an exceptional way to carry attack lines into fires. This same technique of charging coiled fire hose has been brought over into the urban firefighters setting as the Metro Hose Pack. Several modifications have been made to address the needs for municipal firefighting. To no one’s surprise, it is once more proving its…

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