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  • Public Statement

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    In about 2006, Fire & Rescue New South Wales commenced a project known as the “Reverse Hose Lay Project”.

    As a result of that project, Fire & Rescue New South Wales developed a new firefighting technique called the “Combination Hose Lay Technique”, which involves laying a hose from the fire to the water source and new devices called the FRNSW Attack Bags or Packs and Lay Bags or Packs.

    Innovation Realisation Pty Ltd, QLFA IP & L Pty Ltd, Emergency Services Technology Ltd, Quick Lay Fire Attack Pty Ltd, directors and associated persons each acknowledge that Fire & Rescue New South Wales developed, and is the owner of, the Combination Hose Lay Technique and the FRNSW Attack Bags/Packs and Lay Bags/Packs and all associated intellectual property.

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  • Cars on fire as motorway tunnel caves in west of Tokyo

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    Emergencies are largely unpredictable, the recent disaster inside a Japanese tunnel is a harsh reminder of this.

    The deployment of hoses inside any restricted environment is a complicated task- let alone with evacuees moving and smoke and flames growing. Our packs are far more than some fabric holding the hose in place- they introduce a standard. This standard means the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

    If I have the blue Lay Pack my job is to find water and stretch the hose towards the fire. If I have the red Attack Pack then I need to be near to the fire and ready to charge the line to advance into fight the fire.

    Read the story here

    The Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan.

    Picture: AP

  • What Drives Your Actions Part 2. Going beyond routine and tradition.

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    If you want to want to be able to apply the most effective tactics, and choose the most effective tools and use them with the best possible technique, then you MUST have a sound understanding of fire behaviour. You must have a good knowledge of building construction and you must know the strengths and weaknesses of the tools available to you. No routine or robotic drill will ever will ever replace an strong understanding of fire behaviour, building construction and basic firemanship.

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  • Professionalism is a state of mind.

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    The general thinking has been that if you are paid to fight fires, then you are a “professional” firefighter. Does this mean that if you are retained or a volunteer that you are not professional? I believe that it depends on your definition of professional.

    I have worked with “professional” and volunteer firefighters in several countries and I believe that I can say with some authority that the core values displayed by a “professional” has very little to do with how much you get paid, and a lot to do with how you think and behave.

    I have met “volunteer” firefighters who display an extremely professional attitude and a high level of expertise. Unfortunately, there have been a few occasions where I have worked with full time paid firefighters who display a very “casual” attitude to all aspects of their profession. Some of these so-called professionals believe that after 4 years of service, any form of training is not only unnecessary, but also boring.

    When it comes to attitude and core values I believe that there are only 2 types of firefighters. Professional or Unprofessional. Sometimes they are paid, partially paid, or unpaid. You can tell them apart by the following qualities.

    Professional

    Dedicated to serving the public.

    Keen to learn new skills and always prepared to maintain skill levels.

    Prepared to learn from mistakes.

    Skilful and open to new ideas.

    Displays expert knowledge and a desire to gain depth of understanding.

    Works as a team player to provide the very best service.

    Unprofessional

    Self-serving.

    Incompetent and unable or unwilling to admit it.

    Think that they know all they need to know.

    Blame others for their mistakes.

    In a comfort zone that closes their mind.

    Always looking for the easy job or position.


    'It has been said that there is as much difference between a man who has not trained and cultivated his intellect and one who has, as between a dead man and a living, and the same contrast may be made between those who have not studied fire brigade work and those who have.'

    Sir Eyre Massey Shaw 1868


    Professionalism is a state of mind and the choice is yours!

    Shan Raffel

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  • 38 mm Vs 45 mm Hose

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    What are the advantage and disadvantages of using larger diameter hose?

    “The pressure loss due to fiction varies as the square of the velocity.” In simple terms, as the velocity of water inside a hose increases, so does the friction loss. The increase is quadratic, so an increase in the flow by a factor of X will result in an increase in friction loss by a factor of X2. Therefore doubling the flow through a hose will quadruple the friction loss.

    If we can reduce the velocity then we can reduce the pressure required at the pump and we can deliver more water over a greater distance.

     

    Flow or ease of handling?

    So therefore larger hose lines are better? Well it depends. Larger hoses are heavier to drag and harder to manoeuvre. The best solution is to use the smallest line that will deliver the required flow and pressure over the distance required.

    Lets consider at situation where we need to supply a flow rate of 475 lpm to a nozzle at a tip pressure of 700 kPa.

    For 38 mm hose we will have a friction loss of approximately 257 kPa per 30 metre length. (* Akron FireCalc).

    Therefore if we need to deliver this water over 60 metres we will need to have a pressure of 1214 kPa at the pump. ie 700 kPa at the nozzle + (2 x 257 kPa)

    If we use 45 mm hose we only need 167 kPa/30 metre length.

    So for 45 mm hose we need a pump pressure of approximately 1034 kPa.

    In both cases most pumps will be capable of supply the required pressure and flow. 38 mm hose will be easier to handle. If however the need to flow higher volumes of water or add more lengths, the pressure loss through 38 mm hose will be excessive.

    It is important to consider your particular application and then choose the hose lay pack that will best suit your needs. The Quick Lay Fire Attack Team have the expereince and the knowledge to ensure you end up the most efficient hose lay combination for YOUR NEEDS!

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  • Door Entry Techniques

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    Door Entry Techniques – Many variations

    If you ask 5 firefighters about exactly how to perform door entry technique you will probably get about half a dozen different opinions. Many of these are very rigid and involve a set number of pulses with a specified cone angle.

    I tend to take an outcome based approach. What are we trying to achieve?

    Firstly we need to cool the gases and linings around us so that the smoke or flame that exits the door meets cool gases and moist surfaces. After reading the fire behaviour indicators we need to cautiously open the door and introduce water fog into the upper zone to cool those gases. The risk assessment conducted may indicate the entry is not possible. Or it may be necessary to repeat the process several times. How many pulses, their duration and angle will be largely dependent on the geometry of the compartment and the stage of fire development. High ceilings will require a narrower cone angle. I still believe in hitting the ceiling with a jet to dislodge any loose debris. This can also assist in cooling the gases particularly in the case of high ceilings.

    Large spaces with a well developed fire will need to have medium to long pulsations to have any meaningful cooling effect.

    Don’t forget that if you open the door and you can see the fire base it is ok to put water on it!!!! After all the purpose of gas cooling is to help us get to a point where we can put water on the fire. Some people forget that it is only a control technique suitable for small compartments.

    If we teach firefighters WHAT needs to be achieved and WHY, they will be able to work out HOW.

  • Water on the Fire

    Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
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    From our global interactions with many firefighters from the UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and beyond, there are two main schools of thought – the first being “I don’t care about fancy nozzles and techniques, I just want to get lots of water on the fire” and the other, “there’s no use getting lots of water on the fire if you don’t have well practiced and scientifically proven techniques”.

    What’s common to both of these approaches is simply ‘water on the fire’ and no one can argue that this isn’t key to a good result when it comes to the task of fire fighting.

    It doesn’t take many clicks on YouTube to find the arrival and first actions of firefighters being heavily criticised in the comments section. While the language can sometimes be colourful, the underlying message is usually “why did it take so long to get water on the fire?”

    The speed and amount of water that gets to the fire or the weight-of-attack is dependent on many variables, with hose management being one of the main contributing factors and one we’re interested in at QuickLay Fire Attack. We have come to the conclusion that common to every incident, be it an oil rig, house or boat fire – there are two standard requirements in regards to managing hose.

    These include:

    1. The need to stretch hose between the water supply and the smoke barrier or fire containment point and;
    2. The need to deploy enough hose into a coil so the firefighters can advance into the fire without becoming snagged or caught up by excessive friction caused by long lengths of heavy hose laid outside, up or down halls and stairs.

    Stretching hose over a distance is a fairly straightforward task, however, under duress and in the dark it can sometimes end up in a mess of hose and not much distance covered. Straps will hold hose neatly; however, when the bundle is dropped or the load is partly deployed it loses its form and becomes a liability.

    With increasing acceptance of the Cleveland Hose Load, also called the coil or the roundabout” hose load; it is possible to deploy enough hose close to the entry point, so it can be easily advanced into the fire. However, a hose strapped in the coil can be very temperamental, losing its form if dropped and can also suffer a catastrophic failure should one end inadvertently thread under one loop before the hose is charged.

    Furthermore, while 30m/100ft of coiled hose is great, if two thirds of it remains coiled back at the standpipe even before the firefighters are through the door then there’s still the issue of dragging a lot of hose.

    Purpose built fire hose deployment packs

    Following four years of research and development while consulting with firefighters from all over the world we have created a suite of very simple packs that store and deploy hose in such a way that meets these two requirements while at the same time protecting the equipment in storage and transport. In addition, by design the equipment is ergonomic – being long and thin – and fits next to the firefighter’s breathing apparatus set, dramatically decreasing the impact of the load on the firefight- er’s centre of gravity.

    Research and Development

    Core to our testing was the importance of reliability – not in the drill yard but in limited visibility, high pressure and usually complex situations with gloved hands after a multi-level stair climb.

    • Stowage – Space is king on a fire engine so an underpinning design intention was to keep things tight and compact while not jeopardising the act of deliberately deploying the equipment.
    • Transport – ‘Bounce’ is the term we have used to describe what happens when a piece of equipment is seemingly secured however when carried it bounces and gradually comes loose and starts to hit knees, knock out teeth or cause unnecessary damage to the built environment.
    • Deployment – As already mentioned, the two packs have very clear roles and subsequently are packed differently so as to achieve their purpose. Critical to the success was the guarantee that all equipment will hold tight, however definitely deploy as and when expected.
    • Intuitive design – The role of each pack has been made very obvious. The pack that lays from the water supply is blue for water and the pack that deploys close to the entry point is red for fire. While this sounds obvious, it means fire fighters can perform their duties with the discussion being centred on the as-yet unknowns of the incident.
    • Implementation – To assist with the implementation and skills maintenance we have produced a phone-site (similar to a smartphone app), which will work on all devices so long as they’re connected to the Internet. Here we have packing, deployment and application demonstrations. This portal can be accessed at www.qlfanow.com
    • One size fits all – In order to fit all types and sizes of hose, nozzles, dividers/wyes and associated equipment we built in the ability to adjust pockets to fit as required.
    • Equipment – Depending on many variables, different departments run with different pieces of equipment and to accommodate this we have built in a removable cover for a gated divider/wye.
    • Operations – While the hose lay requirement is ultimately the same, no two incidents are. It is therefore important that firefight- ers maximise the capability of their equipment.

    Attack Pack

    • Can stand up on its side and be held or lent against a wall
    • Can be deployed in a platform cage and advanced from within
    • Can be deployed then dragged fully in its coils
    • Will protect the hose ends from the hose load so as to avoid a thumb/overhand knot forming
    • Will not fall apart if dropped
    • Can store a coil that is big enough to expand into a kink-free coil yet pack down small enough that it’s easy to carry

    Lay Pack

    • Stores a pre-connected gated-wye
    • Can be advanced from either end
    • Will not lose its form as the hose load lays
    • Can be dropped or thrown over a balcony or across a gap
    • Can be deployed lengths

    Following this testing we have added a hose- securing strap and door wedge pockets as well as streamline pockets for other equipment specific to the department. While the two packs combine to provide what is easily compartmentalised as a “high-rise kit” they actually combine to form a system to deploy hose in any environment where there’s a need for a lot of hose quickly and not a lot of space to do it.

    These include courtyards, hallways or even the top landing of aviation rescue stairs.

    We are often asked to bolt on entry-tools and even a fire extinguisher and while this would be possible we feel and the general belief is these two packs combine to form a tool specific to the task of rapid and reliable fire hose deployment.

    We want to avoid the tool morphing into a lesser performing tool-box with diluted applications.

    With this understanding and the purpose designed equipment, firefighters can arrive and intuitively stretch and coil hose with the focus being on the true-unknowns of the job and hopefully get water on the fire fast.

  • 4 – 8 – 12 A Sliding Scale Approach to Optimal Flow Rates

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    There are a number of fire ground formula that are designed to assist fire officers in determining the flow rate required to gain effective control of a fire.

    Most of these come back to floor area or volume and don’t take into account the stage of development or strategic objectives. I believe that the sliding scale model provides a more practical guide that considers the mode of attack as part of the guide for initial attack flow.

    At the lower end of the offensive mode of attack, a flow rate of 4 lpm/m2 (similar to the recommendations from the Iowa formula) should be considered the minimal tactical flow rate. As we approach the marginal mode of attack, we should be looking at a minimum of 8 lpm/m2.

    As we move toward the upper end of the defensive mode of attack, we should be looking at flow rates of 12 to 13 lpm/m2 (similar to the NFA formula).

    To successfully apply the sliding scale approach, firefighters need to have sufficient knowledge and skill to conduct an accurate size up to determine the most applicable mode of attack.  Some may consider this an “advanced skill” and argue that the “safest approach” is to deploy hose lines capable of the maximum flow.

    I advocate that size up is an “essential skill” or “core skill” and that realistic training must be utilised to develop these skills.

    “Dumbing down” our approach to fire attack to the lowest common denominator (and the highest flow rate) does not achieve a greater level of safety and will never be a substitute for quality training.

    Struggling with very large hose lines reduces mobility and increases physical strain. Over application of water can destroy the thermal balance which further reduces the chances of safely locating the seat of fire or occupants.

    Gross over application is as inappropriate as trying to attack a well-developed fire with a small hose line.

    Sep 07 Tags: cfbt, water on the fire
  • Keeping an Open Mind

    Posted by Shan Raffel
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    As a pioneer of 3D Firefighting tactics in Australia (since 1997) I have been privileged to see the benefits this approach has delivered to my colleagues as well as the people we serve. Along with increasing the safety of firefighters, the 3D approach greatly assists in formulating the most efficient approach to fire attack. This has increases that chances of saving victims while minimising the loss of property.

    The 3D approach is not the only innovation we have seen in the last 30 years. CAFS and PPV are also game changers in their own right. Unfortunately I have seen a tendency for innovators to fall in love with their approach and to ignore the potential benefits of the other innovations. Some PPV advocates think adding water-fog will generate excessive steam and some 3D purists think that adding air will intensify the fire. The fact is that when they are combined there is a synergistic effect that greatly increases the safety and efficiency of the operation!

    I have been practicing combining 3D techniques with PPV for over 13 years and have witnessed firsthand how powerful this combination can be. I am currently looking as combining CAFS with 3D and/or PPV. One of the limitations with CAFS is that it has minimal cooling interaction directly with the accumulated gases. The cooling of the gases occurs mostly at the the heated surfaces. If CAFS internal attack was combined with PPV the heated gases are removed prior to entry and the linings can be very effectively cooled and buffered.

    With knowledge, an open-mind and a desire for excellence you can adapt your tactics and tools to develop the safest and most efficient plan of attack.

    With this approach everyone wins!!!

  • Inherently Dangerous

    Posted by Shan Raffel
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    Firefighters are called upon to work in some of the most hazardous situations found in our society.

    No responsible employer in the developed world would consider allowing their firefighters to enter these hostile environments without adequate personal protective equipment. Indeed most countries have legislation that makes it mandatory to provide such protection to their employees.

    Adequate training and safe systems of work are just as critical in ensuring that firefighters are not placed in unnecessary danger. Arguably one of the most essential skills is the ability to recognise the hazards and to be able to formulate the safest and most efficient method of fire attack.

    The Home Office Health and Safety publication “Training for Hazardous Occupations”, HSE OP8 has this to say about firefighting:

    “The activities which firefighters are required to perform can be frightening. They frequently must work at heights, they are exposed to heat and smoke and they may have to enter dark confined spaces for rescue work. Unless the firefighter has experienced the fears to which these conditions give rise and has learnt to control them, there is a risk that he will get into difficulties in the hazardous circumstances of the fireground and will himself need to be rescued. He must also rely greatly upon his colleagues and his officers to look after him in hazardous situations. He needs to be confident in their ability to do so. He needs to know that if he is given an order by an officer that an officer will have considered the firefighters safety before asking him to do the task. He must also be confident that the task is within his own capabilities if he is to approach it in the right frame of mind. Each of these aspects, control of fear, and confidence in himself and his colleagues and his officers can be developed in training, but only if the training is undertaken under realistic conditions which may well expose the firefighter to risk.

    I would argue that realistic and practical training is as critical to firefighter safety as adequate PPE. Yet even today there are numerous examples of fire services that do not see adequate realistic training as essential.

    Some see it as an optional extra or something that can be provided with lectures or the occasional wet drill in the station yard.

    Apr 30 Tags: Fire Departments
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  • QLFA & Emergency Response Teams

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    The fire fighting industry has evolved slowly but surely to a point where the role of a “fire” fighter has diversified into rescue, hazmat and most significantly now prevention.

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  • Fire response on the listing Costa Concordia

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    The last thing the passengers and crew of the recent Concordia cruise ship disaster needed was the outbreak of a fire – the fact that there wasn't (or at least there weren't any fires reported), in itself was a miracle.


    Not only would the presence of heat and blinding smoke have caused many obvious issues to those on board but the task of fighting the fire in a listing or tilted environment would be nearly impossible.

  • QLFA Benefits: Passenger Ship Fires

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    QuickLay Packs and Passenger Ship Emergency Response Teams

    Suitably trained ERT's armed with QLFA Packs are best positioned to combat, control and extinguish a fire on a passenger ship.

    Click here for more information on passenger ships - The high-rise of the seas.

    Weight of Attack

    The initial response of the ERT is ideal to a fire on a passenger ship, then by using the QLFA Packs they can lay and deploy their hose almost instantly- resulting in a quick knockdown and minimal fuss.

    Multilingual, multi-skilled

    The QLFA Packs are designed to almost 'self-deploy' this takes out the need for frantic communication between broken language barriers. The ease-of-use of the QLFA Packs puts the power and flexibility of a charged length of fire hose in the operators hands- poised ready to advance and cut the fire off.

    Water damage

    The speed and flexibility that the QLFA Packs introduce to fire hose deployment results in the fire being contained and extinguished much quicker - reducing water usage and damage.

    Rapid onset of smoke and heat

    The ERT's rapid response and hose deployment rapidly contains the fire. By using good fire nozzle techniques the smoke can also be contained and cooled.

    Close quarters hose deployment

    The Lay Pack is designed to stretch hose as the distance is covered 'on-the-fly'. The Attack Pack is designed to deploy a full length of hose on the spot resulting in a coil of hose that can be effortlessly advanced towards the fire.

    Evacuee movements

    The resulting coil from the Attack Pack maintains its form while under pressure. It can be stood up against a wall to allow evacuee's to exit with reduced trip hazards.

  • Fires & Passenger Ships - The 'high-rise' of the seas

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    The #1 most feared cause of death is by fire... #2 is 'death-by-shark', so it stands to reason that a fire on a ship isn't anyones idea of fun!

    Cruise ships and ocean liners are laden with a mix of flammable substances, hazardous materials and multilingual staff and guests, all of which can be managed individually in an emergency. However, with the reality of smoke and heat stimulating panic, the end result of a fire on a vessel can be catastrophic.

    The situation is complicated dramatically when the fire is aboard a passenger ship, this is due to many factors. We have already looked at the fact v's fiction portrayal of fire that Hollywood is guilty of skewing in each blockbuster, this brutal introduction to the reality of the rapid onset of heat and smoke is a rude awakening for the hundreds, potentially thousands of multilingual passengers and a crew with little to no real fire fighting experience.

    Even a small fire can cause significant issues as the fire fighting water can cause permanent damage requiring guest re-location or electrical problems resulting in malfunctioning lights and amenities.

  • Emergency Response Teams

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    Emergency Response Teams equipped with the QuickLay packs and an understanding of basic hose deployment are best positioned to protect life and the assets of the business.

    The Emergency Response Team Hospitals, prisons, isolated infrastructure and other buildings of significant importance often have a semi or permanently dedicated Emergency Response Team (ERT).

    Rapid Response

    In the event of an alarm or confirmed fire the ERT are the initial response. Because the ERT responds from a position within their work site, their response time is significantly quicker than that of externally responding fire crews.

    In the case of a vessel at sea, an oil rig or an industrial site located far from civilisation the ERT may be required to attack, contain and extinguish the fire without external assistance. By combining their local knowledge with the QuickLay packs the ERT can wage a rapid and suitably sized weight of attack.

    ERT Efficiency

    Staff will come and go and all have different fire fighting backgrounds. The QuickLay packs provide a procedural structure for initial and subsequent hose line deployment. Portability The QuickLay packs are long, thin and designed to place the weight of the load above the operator’s centre of gravity – reducing fatigue on route to the reported incident. Accessibility The back-strap placement frees the operator’s hands to climb a ladder or hold a handrail.

    Quick Knockdown

    On arrival at the incident the team members can stretch their Lay Pack and deploy their Attack Pack in less than 60 seconds. Hose Calibre The water from a lay flat hose will travel almost twice as far as a standard hose reel. This allows fighting operations from a safer distance for ERT’s not equipped with breathing apparatus.

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  • My introduction to the “Anatomy of hose lay”:

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    My first lesson came in the form of discovering what the Lay Pack and Attack Pack do both individually and when combined.More information can be found on the Lay Pack here and the Attack Pack here.

    However, as this is a summary in layman’s terms, here’s what I soon discovered for myself:

    When it comes to fighting fire we talk about things in goals, strategies and tactics.

    The goal is to achieve the two requirements common to every fire emergency, regardless of location – from an oilrig to house fire these two objectives need to be achieved.

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  • The QuickLay PR under ERT training!

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    While the QuickLay packs service a lot of industries, one of our major client bases are Emergency Response Teams. For those not quite up to speed with the lingo, an Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a group of civilian employees in a workplace (building, ship or oilrig) located far from a fire station, who hold the responsibility of being the first form of attack against a fire.

    For example – there will be a team of workers on a cruise ship who, when the fire alarms ring, are responsible for donning their ERT outfits, grabbing their fire fighting equipment and basically doing the job of fully-trained firemen – without the training. For more on ERTs, click this link.

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  • The QuickLay novice…

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    As the new recruit at QuickLay Fire Attack and coming from a journalism/PR background, I can safely say that I’ve never rolled hose in my life. In fact, I’ve never so much as seen a fire hose. My contact with fire fighting equipment goes as far as playing aRescue Me DVD.

    However, I’ve always had a huge interest in pioneering technologies and products that not only create a stir within their industry but those that really have a positive impact – and in the case of the QuickLay packs, save lives.

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  • What is QuickLay Fire Attack?

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    From fire fighters around the world through to Emergency Response Teams in prisons, on mine sites or aboard cruise ships- the task of lay-flat fire hose deployment is universally inconsistent and generally restrictive in its application.

    Traditionally, to avoid kinks and tangles, fire hose deployment requires long open spaces. Many on-duty injuries occur when fire fighters attempt to un-kink a semi-charged hose. Further, it’s when a hose is kinked that it’s more likely to burst, causing additional water damage – as the fire intensifies.

    Then when it's charged, the long lengths of hose filled with water are heavy when dragged towards the fire.

    The QuickLay Packs provide the first holestic hose management solution by essentially by fulfilling the two requirements common to every fire emergency. Firstly, the Lay Pack stretches a length of hose between the water supply and the fire containment point. Where a second hose, stowed in the Attack Pack can be deployed into a neat coil and easily advanced.

    In addition to the rapid deployment of the Attack Pack, the nature of the coiled hose introduces fire fighters to greater deployment flexibility including confined space deployment in places like high-rise fire stairs, a terrace style court yard, a unit block balcony or the narrow gangway of a cruise or cargo ship.

    The innovative hose lay packs allow multilingual and multi-skilled operators to easily deploy and advance a charged fire hose 90% quicker and 99% more reliably.

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  • The Stage is Set

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    After 6 months of planning we are ready to circumnavigate the globe.

    Starting in Hong Kong we will meet the Hong Kong Fire Brigade. Then into Thailand and onto Nepal where we will meet the Chief from Katmandu's fire brigade. Next stop is Dubai where we will base ourselves for a few Middle Eastern visits then it's next stop London to meet London Fire Brigade.

    Paris, Madrid, Croatia, Northern Europe will all be visited over the ensuing three weeks.

    The return home will be through New York, Seattle, Hawaii and Guam.

    It will be an experience!!!

     

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    Well done QLFA!

    After four fantastic years of research and development, QLFA is proud to announce we won a Good Design award for our category, we also won the Parton's Prize for excellence in innovation and secured a position in The Powerhouse Museum's Design Exhibition.

    From the Good Design Judges:

    “Any product that aims to save lives should be commended. This is an igneous design solution that has significant market potential let alone the potential to save precious lives in fire fighting situations,” the Judges commented.

    From the Sydney Morning Herald:

    The idea came to Mr Jacobs, a 31-year-old professional fireman and the managing director of Quick Lay, when he was watching a YouTube video of American firefighters using a coiled flat hose. This hose got water from the hydrant to a fire faster, but the hose could drop into a disastrous ''mess of tangles''.

    • Read the rest of the article here
    • See our entry on the Australian International Design Awards website here

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  • “Advances in training and equipment for modern ERT's in isolated MHF and complex industrial facilities"

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    QLFA's MD Sebastian Jacobs will be presenting the Fire Engineering Conference hosted by the IFE, held in Noosa this April. http://www.ifeaustralia.org.au/newsandevents.html

    The following excerpt was excepted:

    This presentation will look at advances in training and equipment for modern ERT’s in isolated MHF (major hazard facilities) and complex industrial sites.

    A lay-flat hose in scantily trained hands can sometimes be detrimental to the initial and subsequent actions of employees who turn ‘first responders’ in an emergency.

    There’s no secret that water is the best combat agent for a fire and while the water volume and pressure are both very important, the most important variable is the speed at which the water actually reaches the fire. Kinks, friction points and heavy hoses combined with tangles all can delay this requirement.

    While a first responder ‘responds’ with the best intentions, various human factors impact greatly on the end result - such as limited and varied experience, communication between multilingual operators, the forever-present occurrence of freelancing and the phenomenon of target fixation. Operationally, the deployment of lay-flat hose in the industry’s current standard configuration (either rolled or flaked) is not ideal for complicated environments such as restricted spaces, up or down stairs or in areas of poor visibility- all of which have a negative impact on the speed and reliability of hose deployment tactics.

    By stripping the goal of efficient lay-flat fire hose deployment right back to the basics; as well as reviewing what external factors typically delayed getting water on the fire we were able to garner an understanding of what strategies could be adopted and what tactics could be standardised and simplified to achieve this goal consistently.

    The identification of the two standard requirements present at any incident from oilrigs to house fires meant we were able to systemise the process and develop procedures to greatly improve the speed and reliability of lay-flat fire hose deployment with an added degree of flexibility that is not at a cost to deployment speed.

    By combining the understanding of what is required with the tools to repeatedly tick these two fundamental boxes, first responders with limited ‘real fire’ experience can get water on the fire as quickly as the ground can be covered in any environment.

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  • Wilh Wilhelmsen Discuss QLFA Packs Featured

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    In many ways, firefighting presents itself as a traditional, almost innovation-resistant profession.

    American firefighters still wear the large helmets their great-grandfathers fought blazes with, and why not? With iconic images of firemen charging towards a blazing inferno with hose draped over their shoulder it only paves the way for more of the same.

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  • Amid govt apathy, Aussie trains Nepali firefighters Featured

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    KATHMANDU, MAR 06 -
    It was entirely a new experience for Shaligram Thapa on Wednesday during his yearlong career as a firefighter at the Juddha Fire Brigade (JFB).

    Read the full story here

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  • ABC Radio National Featured

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    Fast Lay Fire Hose

    Updated February 12, 2012 1200

    If you can turn on the water the fast-lay fire hose is for you

    DESLEY BLANCH : An Australian fire fighter has come up with a faster and more efficient system to deploy hoses in a hurry.

    SEBASTIAN JACOBS : It means that the emergency response team members can respond and deploy 60 metres of hose in 60 seconds and have twice the effect they would on the fires they would otherwise.

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Water on the Fire

"Water on the Fire" is about core skills! It's about back-to-basics and doing it well. So much innovation and so many new techniques have evolved we want to create awareness around the foundation of what it means to be a great fire fighter!

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  • Why dont you use straps?

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    "Why don't you just use straps?"

    Is a question we sometimes get!

    The best way to appreciate the bigger picture is to consider the value of a firefighter's helmet. I personally have worn my helmet for 12 years and for the first time only 3 months ago did it actually do its job and protect my head from a falling garage door while operating in an underground car park fire- absolutely saving my life.

    For 11 or so years prior to this nothing fell on my head but the one time it did the total cost of the few helmets I've had paid for themselves with my life.

    So yes, you can just use a set of straps and generally they will hold the hose...

    But what if?

    • You trip and drop the load and it looses its form?
    • You want to throw the whole load across a gap to a boat or building and the exposed hose gets snagged?
    • You want to only deploy half the hose, not the whole hose, causing the remaining half to loose its form?
    • You want to be able to open the the locker on the pumper and know the load will definitely be good-to-go?
    • You need to deploy hose in poor visibility?
    • You arrive at a big job with people you've not worked with before and want to be tasked based on the pack you have - not a long discussion?
    • You want to feed the neatly packed hose through a gap or under/over a fence?
    • You're working with a crew you don't know and they have a different way of strapping the hose?
    • You just want to become really efficient with a dedicated piece equipment that's been tried and tested and designed for one task...

    In these very possible scenarios straps just don't cut it.

    In my last article I discussed the The Cleveland Hose Load and specifically why it's great as well as its inherent shortcomings-

    If you add the use of straps there's a whole lot more to consider with the Cleveland Hose Load, most importantly:

    • The thumb knot or Overhand Knot.

    The Attack Pack deliberately isolates the two hose ends from the main body of the hose, this prevents the catastrophic failure caused when one hose end pops under one or more coils forming a simple but show-stopping thumb knot.

  • The Cleveland Hose Load Featured

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    One method - many names!

    It has lots of names and just as many origins- the act of wrapping the first bite of hose back on itself (about 1.8m) and continuing to wrap until there's about 1m left.

    This is commonly called the Cleveland Hose Load, the Round About Hose Load, the Garden Lay etc etc - we're not certain of it's origin however the Cleveland State Forest fire fighters were said to employ the concept for deploying hose at wild fires (great idea!!!).

    What we are certain about is it's great! Especially when used in conjunction with an initial flaked hose, as it's possible to stretch and coil 2 lengths of hose just as quickly as the ground between the water supply and the fire can be covered.

    We are often asked why we don't just have two packs holding coiled hose and not bother with the flaked hose pack, which on face-value- having two hoses rapidly deployed in a tight area sounds like a good thing- but it's not, or at least we don't think so.

    For all its amazing benefits the Cleveland Hose Load has a few short comings which are inherent to the nature of lay-flat hose.

    1. Hose stored in the Cleveland Hose Load should not be run out from it's coiled position until it's full of water- this is because it will twist as it unravels from the coil and when the water is introduced the nozzle/branch will untwist. For this reason the line cannot be advanced until it's full of water.
    2. When deployed in the right position (near to the fire) the Cleveland Hose Load is easily advanced from its tight coil into the burning environment. However if two Cleveland Hose Loads are deployed together too far away, then the ease-of-advancement is burnt up in the distance between the supply and the fire. Then on entry, we are back to the original problem of lots of heavy hose outside.

    To solve these problems we have developed a second pack (Lay Pack) designed to cover the distance between the water supply and the coiled hose.

    When the two packs are used together, the distance between the fire and supply can be covered in either a forward or reverse direction (depending on the job) and hose deployed into a coil from the Attack Pack can be advanced into the burning environment.

    For scenarios where there's a lay flat hose already positioned for each hydrant we have developed the Compack - it too stores and deploys the Cleveland Hose Load in one movement and is stored in more of a square shaped pack so it can fit in traditional fire hose cabinets.

    The benefits of a coiled hose deployed in a lift lobby or stairwell environment far outweigh the current hose-rack flaked hoses as it can be deployed almost instantly and does not need to be stretched up and back in limited spaces.

    1. In this scenario the Attack Packs holding the coil are deployed near to the fire.

    2. Where the Lay Packs have been stretched up or down the stairs, to or from the water supply.

     

     

  • What good is CFBT? Featured

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    Don't worry! We're big fans of the work that has been pioneered by a few very keen and extremely competent individuals who may all speak different languages yet agree that there's a better way than "Big Fire = Big Water".

    But... What is the point of learning all these fantastic techniques- if you cannot get water on the fire quickly and reliably due to hose tangles, kinks and catch points?

    'We have procedures' is something we hear - however when quizzed further, more often than not the procedures are "get hose out" - not how to lay hose. What if the usual crew isn't working together? What if a multilingual crew is thrust together on an oil-rig or cruise ship?

    Our aim isn't to change anything- we simply hope to add value with some purpose built packs.

    For example the Lay Pack is blue because it stretches water between the water supply and the Attack Pack. The Attack Pack is red because it contains the hose that will attack the fire.

    First and second arriving fire fighters now know without any words spoken that 60m or 200ft of hose is ready to be laid and who has what role based on the pack they're carrying.

    After consultation with fire fighters in Australia, the Mid East, Europe and the USA we have come to the conclusion that when laying hose what's important is:

    • The distance is covered once by the fire fighters - maximum twice
    • Hose is laid only once - not deployed and then bundled up and redeployed
    • Enough hose is deployed - ready to advance into the fire without friction or catch-points causing delays

     

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