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Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Saturday, 17 August 2013
in Water on the Fire · 0 Comments

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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Posted by Tracy Fitzgerald
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on Monday, 03 June 2013
in QLFA in the Media · 0 Comments

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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