Engine Company


Issue 5 and Volume 155.

BY BILL GUSTIN Part 1 was published in the April 2002 issue. The location of preconnects on a pumper is not the only factor that determines their overall effectiveness. It is just as important to select the preconnect hoseload that works best with your staffing, structures, and street conditions. Let’s look at three of the most common preconnect hoseloads. You can find step-by-step instructions for making these and other hoseloads in basic firefighting manuals. THE FLAT LOAD The flat load is the easiest way to bed a preconnect, and it deploys a hoseline very effectively if you avoid a couple of pitfalls common with this type of hoseload. The first mistake involves the nozzleman’s grabbing only the nozzle end of the line and taking off (usually running) toward the fire. Dragging hose in this manner almost guarantees that it will snag on corners and fences and wedge between a vehicle’s…

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