Apparatus & Equipment, Fire EMS, Firefighting

Firefighter Training: Preplanning Your Preconnects

Issue 6 and Volume 168.

By BOB SHOVALD Next to emergency medical services equipment, preconnected hoselines are probably the most used equipment on the engine. Yet, when designing and specifying new apparatus, we put preconnects and (especially) crosslays usually where they will fit or where we always put them-on top of the pump module. Unfortunately, because our engines have become larger, requiring more and more storage and featuring larger water tanks, the crosslays and hosebeds are placed higher and higher in the engines, which presents concerns and safety issues for firefighters who must now reach higher or even step up onto the apparatus when deploying these lines. (1) Double-wide and single-stack hose trays for 1¾- and 2½-inch hose loads. (Photos by author.) Over the years, the Coeur d’Alene (ID) Fire Department has tried several types of crosslay configurations, some good and some not so good. We have had the traditional double-wide flat loads, single stacks,…

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