For those of you familiar with the work of Fire by Trade, it’s likely that you have seen their method of hose line deployment in which a single firefighter is able to advance a 2 1/2″ line. The premise behind the method is that by building a figure-eight into the line, less of the hose will be in contact with the ground.
The result: less friction holding back the advance.
Brian Brush is able to explain it far better than I, so I hope you have the opportunity to attend one of his trainings or at least watch his webcast hosted by Fire Engineering. It can be found here. The webcast is free and well worth the short amount of time it takes to view.
The challenge lies coming up with a functional means of implementing the tactic, starting with how hose is being loading on the engine. Most engines will have at least one medium-diameter attack line flat loaded for deployment off of the rear, whether deadload or preconnect. This has been proven extremely effective, especially for lays that exceed the length of the transverse preconnect lines. By adding a prebuilt bundle of triple-layer hose to finish off the typical flat load, we can take advantage of the benefits that each load brings.
In an effort to make the load a little more transparent, the next video will break down how bundle is built and loaded in the hose bed.