There are many ways to pack and deploy the front bumper preconnect handline on your apparatus. Here is a versatile, easy-to-pack, and easy-to-stretch system based on a tried and true method.
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Brian Zaitz offers his insight into the most commonly used fireground hose.
Brian Zaitz latest looks at this line that serves as firefighters' most commonly deployed attack line.
In this Training Minutes video, Joe Alvarez and company demonstrate a method for working smarter on the fireground.
Brian Zaitz offers this new drill that encourages firefighters to pull hose and start thinking about “why” the hose is loaded the way it is.
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.
We transitioned from the minuteman preconnected hose load to the triple or "S" hose load for our preconnects in the mid 1990s.
One way to make firefighters' lives easier in terms of spotting a hydrant at fire calls: Use a preconnected, 50-foot long soft suction line to hook up to hydrants. Paul Shapiro talks about the advantages of this approach.
The more time a fire department spends developing an easier and more efficient method for loading preconnected attack lines, the less time it will take to deploy the lines at the emergency scene.