In this back-to-basics article, Mark van der Feyst reviews some considerations about advancing the preconnect.
In this video, Shannon Stone and company talk about the Gustin pack, a fold used to build a remote line off an existing hoseline.
Envision the following scenario: A large 21⁄2-story residential frame structure is on fire and has flames coming from the second-floor windows.
The Denver Fire Department (DFD), in 1998, implemented a new high-rise firefighting and standpipe equipment package and new methods for assembling, storing, transporting, and stretching the high-rise/standpipe packs. Fire departments across the country have introduced numerous methods for carrying and stretching these hose packs over the past several years. Some have been effective, others were effective in theory only, and others were downright ineffective.
This fire on the top floor of a five-story multiple dwelling in the Bronx, New York, required five lengths of hose within the fire building. Success in performing a "vertical" handline stretch depends on an accurate estimate of the hose needed to reach and cover the fire area, a hose load designed for the vertical stretch, and adequate training in stretching handlines in buildings with various stair configurations. (Photo by Matt Daly.)
You may have to stretch handlines up the exterior of a building for a number of reasons. Reasons include the need to stretch multiple handlines into one building, to avoid overcrowding the interior stairs, to operate in buildings without standpipes, and to operate in buildings that are vacant or in a state of disrepair with unsafe stairs.
The use of preconnected 1 1/2-inch lines—or live lines—was developed to make more rapid and effective initial attacks. Frequent drilling with live lines can improve the rapidity and effectiveness of initial attacks. Kinks that appear as the preconnect is stretched toward the fire create the most common problem in the use of a live line.
During the past score of years there has been a gradual change in the method employed in placing hose in the hose bodies of fire trucks. With the advent of the fast-traveling motor apparatus, hose had to be so placed that it would snake off easily from the truck and with minimum likelihood of becoming jammed in the process. The illustrations herewith show the old and new method of placing hose in the hose bodies: