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The Missing Link

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Monday, 04 July 2011
in Industry Insights

Fire hose lay is not an exact science- so we have identified the standard requirements common to most fire emergencies...

If you talk to Akron they will tell you they've spent millions on the development of their nozzles and if you chat to Scania, they will tell you of the billions that has gone into R&D of the noble fire appliance yet the bit between the appliance and nozzle remains- hose. Simple lay-flat canvas or rubber hose.


Next, if you sit your fire fighting crew or ERT (emergency response team) down with a simple line drawing of a 3 storey building or a standard factory complex and asked them to lay the hose to fight a fire you will find a varied response in their chosen strategies-

Unit Block:

Some will go to the floor and lay back, some will lay a larger line and split it into two attack lines and some will even go to the window below the fire and drop a line down to ground level then advance up from that point.

Factory Fire:

Some people will lay from the fire appliance, some will use the booster system or some will go to the fire and stretch hose back to the water supply.

Standard Variables:

We have identified the standard hose lay requirement, common to every fire hose lay incident.

Within reason no strategy is wrong, the goal is to lay hose to fight the fire; so long as the fire is eventually put out the strategy worked!

However the effectiveness will be dramatically different from some ideas to others. It is difficult to develop a standard strategy that everyone can understand based on a situation that is going to be different every time.

QLFA's Solution

In addition to the simplicity and flexibility the QLFA Packs introduce to hose lay, we have identified the standard variables of a fire emergency, the two factors that when achieved efficiently will result in rapid containment and extinguishment:

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.

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