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Deploying hose lines in tunnels

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Sunday, 29 January 2012
in Industry Insights

Lay Flat fire hose deployment in open spaces is quite a straight forward task. But inside a tunnel is a completely different story.


It is essential for firefighters to be able to carry lay flat hose to the scene. This may be very challenging in the confines of a tunnel for a number of reasons. It is likely that vehicles behind the incident will have to be abandoned. This chaotic environment could make the task of stretching a line extremely difficult. If visibility is hindered due to smoke or the failure of emergency lighting the situation become even more difficult and dangerous.

Probably the most limiting environment for hose line deployment is in a rail tunnel. In many cases the distance between the carriage and the walls of the tunnel is extremely narrow. Footing is difficult due to the ballast and few rail tunnels are fitted with emergency lighting so visibility could be very limited.

The quicklay attack pack provides the possibility to easily carry the hose to the scene and allow for hose to be charged in a very narrow or congested space. The fact that the hose line does not need to be stretched out to be charged allows fire attack to commence earlier and connection to the hydrant provides a tenable anchor point. As conditions improve, the coiled hose line allows for easy and reliable advancement of the line.

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