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Posted by Shan Raffel
Shan Raffel
“Shan has pioneered and championed a global paradigm shift in fire fighting tech
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on Sunday, 26 February 2012
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The 3D approach to compartment fire fighting has reached the stage where most of the fire services in the world have adopted at least some of the training principles, tactics and techniques.

As an obvious believer and regular practitioner I can tell you from experience when executed efficiently the effect of the most appropriate nozzle technique is powerful, instant and life saving.


Until Compartment Fire Behavior Training is taught, the traditional approach dictates: “more water is better”. Then for those fortunate enough to have attended CFBT training they end up walking away appreciating that this in fact isnʼt always the case and that while itʼs all self-explanatory once taught the task of putting water on the fire can be achieved purposefully, tactfully and effectively.


Just like interior fire attack, the task of lay-flat hose deployment has itʼs misconceptions that when combined with two fire fighters doing two different “right things”- otherwise known as “freelancing” the end-result is a fire that is allowed to escalate resulting in more smoke, heat and water damage and possibly the loss of life.

For a standard single level house on fire, one or two lines of hose flaked straight from the pumper are usually sufficient. Problems can arise when the back-up fire fighter becomes separated from his or her colleague in an attempt to drag more hose in as they advance.

This is due to the long lengths of hose laid outside and the resulting weight of a full length of charged hose. This breaks the number one rule of fire fighting – don’t leave your buddy.

The reality is you can have the best equipment, the best tactics and be part of a very efficient team. But if hose is not deployed correctly, then a vital link in the chain is dramatically weakened.

The packs designed by QuickLay Fire Attack introduce much more than a bag that holds hose. They combine to give the task of hose lay a structure, meaning that in the heat of the moment the crew can focus on the true unknowns of the incident because hose lay is no longer guess-work.

Hose lines must be deployed after a dynamic risk assessment that is based on a sound understanding of fire behaviour.

The QLFA packs maximise the ease and efficiency of deployment in a wide range of situations and this further increases that the safety and efficiency of the plan of attack.

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“Shan has pioneered and championed a global paradigm shift in fire fighting techniques that are now accepted as standard practice. His expertise in this area is what drives QLFA seamlessly through the industry”


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