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Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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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.

 

 

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Cars on fire as motorway tunnel caves in west of Tokyo

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Sunday, 02 December 2012
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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

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What drives your actions?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Sunday, 15 January 2012
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Firefighters are often faced with situations that require the ability to conduct an accurate size up, usually with limited information and in a compressed time frame.

If this is not challenging enough, the decisions made have the potential to endanger the lives of firefighters and may mean the difference between life and death for any persons that are trapped.

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Transit Tunnel Fire Emergencies

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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For most people the daily commute through a busy transit tunnel is of no real significance, while it is unlikely that a major incient will occur- in the event it does all the implications of the emergency are amplified, these including smoke and heat from a fire as well as hundreds, potentially thousands of evacuees moving though an unbreathable environment in limited light.

Like a cruise or cargo ship emergency, the two variables that dictate the size and duration of a fire in a tunnel are Speed in both initial response and subsequent fire fighting operations and Weight of Attack (WoA) i.e how much and how effective the water streams are).

We have looked at the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and how their immediate response and local knowledge provide an invaluable advantage and we have also outlined the nuts and bolts of how the QuickLay Fire Attack Packs provide unparalleled performance in confined environments with milti-skilled and multi-lingual team members.

For a true insight into tunnels and how the who's who of keeping them safe no one would have a better, more up-to-date understanding of "Planning, Preparation and Response to Emergencies in Tunnels" than QLFA's own Director Shan Raffel.

Shan is a Churchill Fellow having completed his research project into tunnel emergencies.

His findings can be viewed here

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But fire fighters bowl hose... don't they?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Friday, 08 July 2011
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Sure, fire fighters are trained in the use of fire hose. There's no doubt about it, it's their bread and butter!

The straight forward task of holding the roll of hose steady, then carefully bowling it out in a straight(ish) line is the noble rite-of-passage for any fire fighter.

Though is this reason enough for other organisations like stadiums, large shopping centers or factories to avoid having the same ability to combat a fire in its infancy?

We don't think so; not when the task is simplified, expedited and the resulting hose from the Attack Pack gifts the user with a calibre that's twice that of a common one-inch fire-hose-reel.

Another reason people avoid lay-flat hose is based on the assumption that it can only be used with breathing apparatus - however it's when you do not have the advantage of air protection that the greater reach a lay flat hose offers should be utilised.

"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".

 


Until now fire fighters

bowled this:

Now! Fire Fighters AND

Emergency Response Teams

can deploy these:

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QLFA Benefits: Passenger Ship Fires

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Tuesday, 05 July 2011
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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.

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Where there's fire there's smoke (except in Hollywood)

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Tuesday, 05 July 2011
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Fact v's Fiction - Hollywood would have us believe we are bullet proof in a fire...

As humans our appreciation of fire is well developed - 'bestfriend but- worst enemy' is a maxim I remember from school, so people generally 'get-it' when it comes to fire.

However, Hollywood's portrayal of fire and the effect the resulting smoke has on the human body has a lot to answer for: in their defense the last scene of 'Backdraft' would be pretty beige if all we saw was a blurred glow of fire through the thick black turbulant smoke and not Brian McCaffrey (aka William Baldwin) smash the top off a fire extinguisher and throw it in the burning factory, all without breathing protection...

The reality is:

"the onset of smoke and heat can only be fully appreciated and given the respect it deserves when observed and experienced firsthand - which unfortunately in some cases, is too late".

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Emergency Response Teams

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Saturday, 02 July 2011
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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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What is QuickLay Fire Attack?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Saturday, 02 July 2011
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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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