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    Question Where to put the Auto Line

    I have a question as to what is the best place to have an auto line on an engine. I say off the front so that if you block properly no one should be in the line of fire (so to say) with traffic. Others in my company have disagreed and placed the auto line on the officers side belly trough just because it's always been that way. I say that this is dangerous. Looking for advice or a link to something that could be more definitive. Any help would be great. Thanks

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    I personally prefer it to be in the front bumper. My initial thoughts of it being in the officers side running board is, what if when you pull up, it's on the drivers side?

    I think that also with it being on the front bumper, there should be no need to ever drive past the fire to properly position the truck.

    Just my opinion...

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    Front bumper here....

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    Ours is on the front bumper.

    That works well for us most of the time, however, I can see some value in placing in in the through as well.

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    Preconnect on front bumper.

    2 crosslays.

    Preconnect on the rear hosebed as well.


    Why limit yourself?
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    I'd say the front bumper.

    And I'd say plumb it with 2" instead of 2". The flow characteristics will be much better.

    And if you put a foam system on the truck, don't forget to give the bumper line foam capability too.
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    We've got 50' of 1.75 preconnect on the front bumper. This is our "trash line" and is pulled for any small fire (dumpster) or for any auto accident. It's a quick and easy line to pull and use for the small stuff.

    We also have two crosslays of 200' 1.75" and one crosslay of 2.5" in the catwalk.

    Finally, was have a pre-connect 200' 2.5" yard-lay with a wye and preconnected on one side 200' of 1.75".

    Gives us lots of options, but the front bumper is what we use for auto fires nearly all the time. It's quick to pull and easy to repack. The driver can position the apparatus in a way to block traffic (but the police are almost always doing that already anyhow).

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    100 foot 1 3/4" mounted on the front bumper connected to a 2 1/2" discharge is what my department chooses to use. Nearly every engine in my department is equipped this way, each plumbed for foam as well.

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    Default Front Bumper

    New engine will have 100' 1 3/4" CAFS preconnect in the front bumper which will be plumbed to the discharge with 2 1/2". The discharge will have a gated wye 2 1/2" to
    (2) 1 1/2" connections.

    http://www.bruinvfd.com/2932PE(4-6-10)(2).pdf

    This is also an interesting way to load the front bumper.

    http://firelink.monster.com/training...onut-roll-load

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