Tower Ladder LDH
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!
If it has a chute, accordian load, side to side with all couplings lined up in the chute path so they deploy directly out the chute. Make sure when you get to a coupling that you make the folds of the next 2 or 3 layers just short of the coupling to prevent "humps" in the hose load, and to fit more hose ultimately.
Originally Posted by FireKennedy
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Our stick has a similar hose bed and we load the hose similar to how MG3610 suggested only we load it in line with the apparatus and of course pay attention to the couplings as well. I'm always afraid one will hang up but we haven't had a problem yet and we've layed hose on multiple occasions.
The reason we do it in line with the apparatus is because we think we can load more hose that way (after lots of loading and reloading after delivery), it loads faster and it works for us.
If possible, keep all couplings in line with the chute. In your case put all couplings on the officers side. This way all couplings come straight off, not approaching the chute at an angle which can sometimes lead to hangups, depending on design.
Truck Co hose beds
Our Truck is a 75' straight stick with a prepiped waterway and a 300 Gallon Booster Tank. We carry 800' of 4" LDH in the rear hose bed. I believe that we carry to much supply line, because rarely have we ever used more than 200' at any fire. Nonetheless, we deploy our supply line off of the rear chute(if you will) on the side of the turntable in the same manner that your Department does. We have found that a flat load works best for us with a "Dutchmen fold" wherever there is a coupling to keep the coupling from flipping over on deployment and becoming hung up on the turntable.