Our department operates a 95' tower ladder that has a "hidden" hose bed of 500' of 5" hose that is located under the ladder, forward of the turn table. The 5" deploys out the rear via a shoot on the CO side of the rig. We have had numerous discussions over the years on the ideal way to load this. I am curious how other departments are doing it. Pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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10-21-2009, 09:36 AM #1
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- Brighton, MI, USA
Tower Ladder LDH Hose Bed
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10-21-2009, 12:45 PM #2
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- Irwin, PA
We can get 300' in each chute, and 400' or even 500' in the bed if we are careful packing it, giving us 1000' to 1100' total. We usually lay the drivers side chute first (which is not connected to the bed), than the passenger side chute, than the bed. It is a hassle because we can not keep the chutes connected to each other, the guy wrapping the plug needs to remember to do that.
We don't really have a problem laying hose this way until you get right to the end of the lay. We have found the last 1 or 2 layers in the bed can snag on the hard corner between the bed and the turntable platform. A better design would be a taper between the bed and the chute (lesson learned). It works okay, but not nearly as well as an engine.
I don't have any photos but will try to get one over the weekend and post it.Thomas Anthony, PE
Structures Specialist PA-TF1 & PA-ST1
Paramedic / Rescue Tech North Huntington Twp EMS
The artist formerly known as Captain 10-2
No, I am not a water rescue technician, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
10-21-2009, 01:04 PM #3
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