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    Quote Originally Posted by 52shelby View Post
    Short of being stuck with a bumper hosewell from someone else plans, why would you use this method? Seems like it may have been the only front bumper option or a hold over from back in the 80's.

    For those that have recently ordered trucks , or are going to, why not just spec a simple tray or x-lay trough on the bumper?
    To start I'd note that we determined that we wanted a load that was easy to deploy by one firefighter Given our streets and front yards, we find that cross loading hose (anyway you load it) is not really conducive to making the stretch. Too often the firefighter must pull the load off the engine, turn and carry the load toward the front or rear of the engine to get to the lawn (we don't get the front spot) and then flake out the line. On our streets this is further hampered by cars parked on both sides, hedge rows, trash cans, you name it.

    The bumper loads allows you to stop the engine short allowing the truck it's rightful position (if it doesn't already lead). You always have a clear shot to make the stretch (in the street), it also allows you to drag 25 foot loops (50 ft of hose) with you until they tighten between you and the engine dropping the loop and continuing with the remaining. This allows you to end at your objective with all the un-stretched line vs. a pile somewhere further back toward the engine. Adding a length is a snap with a roll as you hold both couplings and don't have to drag the end to the nozzle or vice versa. Further, repacking hose is a matter of dropping 4 donut rolls in and connecting the couplings. Lastly our set-up with two donut loads on the bumper allows us to connect or disconnect any of the 8 rolls for stretches between 50 and 400 feet, which can be completed in 20 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefanthony View Post
    Many months ago there was a thread on here that discussed and showed a couple of videos of preconnected lines in the front bumper being donut rolled and stored standing up for a simple deployment. The thread even had a drawing or two on the set up for the storage area. I have searched and cannnot find it. Does anyone know where it may be or have a link. Thanks in advance for the help.
    Here is thier link http://www.chemeketa.edu/programs/ems/fire/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefanthony View Post
    Many months ago there was a thread on here that discussed and showed a couple of videos of preconnected lines in the front bumper being donut rolled and stored standing up for a simple deployment. The thread even had a drawing or two on the set up for the storage area. I have searched and cannnot find it. Does anyone know where it may be or have a link. Thanks in advance for the help.
    Chemekata Fire School in Salem oregon teaches a front bumper donut load that lets you pull out three lengths already pre-connected in the Front bumper, quite a few FDs in Oregon have adopted the load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getasupply View Post
    Where is the donut roll info?

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    Laddertruckgoes - can you clarify why the donut rolls won't fit on your new Pierce, and what is your bumper extension length? We have a Velocity Tower on order with a 24" bumper extension and are planning on the bumper rolls. We have them on our engine and they have worked very well and are planning on staying with that - if we can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Where is the donut roll info?
    Send me an e-mail at getasupply@gmail.com and I will fire back a picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Where is the donut roll info?
    http://www.mcfd1.com/index.php?optio...d=82&Itemid=96

    Try sending the FTO an e-mail

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBLGFD View Post
    Laddertruckgoes - can you clarify why the donut rolls won't fit on your new Pierce, and what is your bumper extension length? We have a Velocity Tower on order with a 24" bumper extension and are planning on the bumper rolls. We have them on our engine and they have worked very well and are planning on staying with that - if we can.
    I'll have pictures up in the next few days...

    But...

    The rig has a 24" extension with a single large center well. Using Cotton DJ 1 3/4" hose in 50' lengths a very tightly rolled donut roll doesn't fit past the protrusion of the lower portion of the elaborate grill on the Velocity/Impel cabs. We could turn the rolls sideways and slide them into place under the well, but then the grill holds everything down tight, so that your working against a lot more resistance then typically required. I guess if we bought thinner more workable hose it might work a lot better, but hey, we work with what low bid gets us.

    This forced us to find a better option, because there's nothing worse then packing a flat load in a hose well. So, we came up with a modified horseshoe standing up, and it works really really well. Not as easy to pack as dropping 3 rolls in the well, but with practice it's coming along real quick.
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    Here are some in production photos of our tower at Pierce - Velocity cab . After some discussion they were able to fit the well in on the outside of the frame rails - this is where we preferred it. The truck has a 22" extension, hose is 50' rolls of 1 3/4" Neidner Ultra 2000. As you can see there is some additional room for a fifth length . Currently considering a single length of 2 1/2" or 3" to a wye then out to eh 200 feet of 1 3/4"
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    I guess I just don't see major advantages to the bumper donut roll load. Other than rapidly being able to reload it, but then again it only takes roughly 5 minutes to reload our bumper crosslays. Not saying that HEY! if it works for you that you shouldn't do it, just here good old fashioned crosslays, including those in the bumper of our newest engine work fine for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    If anyone knows how to circumvent this, PLEASE let me know. It is rather infuriating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    I guess I just don't see major advantages to the bumper donut roll load. Other than rapidly being able to reload it, but then again it only takes roughly 5 minutes to reload our bumper crosslays.
    The rapid DEPLOYMENT is actually the primary benefit. Reloading is a nice aside, that most of us really don't need to worry about anyway.

    On the deployment side, the load is aligned with the engine so if you can drive in, you can pull it straight off. All of the load is on the ground in 25', flaked over the firefighters arm to drop as you go, bringing all the working length with the nozzle. As soon as you stop and drop any excess hose, it's pre-laid out in "Z" fashion in 25' legs. This all means no worrying about pulling into parked cars, shrubs on the sides of driveways, garbage cans, fences, etc. Right now, snowbanks would slow a traditional crosslay load on our side streets that are down to about 1.25 lanes! As far as length, the load can be easily split in any multiple of the number of rolls carried. Just disconnect and use what you need. In our case, with two 200' loads, we can connect them and have any length from 50 feet to 400 feet in seconds. Another aside is that all 1.75" lines are rolled in the bumper load fashion and stored this way, making re-racking simple, but also making line extensions easy with both ends being at the coupling point.

    As noted, you use what works best for you, we have long tried multiple loads to find the easiest to deploy consistently. Our goals were: must be a one man stretch up to 200 ft., the working length needed to arrive with the nozzle, no hose left on the pump end and the stretch had to be usable without too much going back to flake out. The bumper load once tried, slayed all the others we'd tried before it. When we can get 99% of our firefighters (I'm sure this is true everywhere) to agree on something, as they do with this load, we know it's the one that'll be best for us. I truly cannot think of another issue of any importance that such a high percentage agree on. It wasn't overnight, but with training and use, it won all the skeptics over too.

    I'm going to have my crew work on a video of the different deployments: 200 ft., and multiple of less and more, this spring.
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    I fully agree with RFDACM02 the deployment side works well. We have been running this setup on our two pumper tankers with good success, the oldest for 11 years. When we started talking about the tower the membership said they would just as soon not consider any other type of hose load on the Tower. On our pumper tankers we are able to have dual 200's lays and a pre-connected 6" front suction with a low flow strainer . Makes for a busy bumper but lots of options

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    Really nice discussion of the advantages of this load here. Anybody using these off the rear at all? I kind of botched our rear pre-connect by allowing the door to be horribly in the way. We've stopped running the rig first-out anyway, and I just wish we had donuts on our first-out engine (no front bumper).

    Box Alarm - what's the status of your new rig? Is it in production?

    SBLG - I've been out of touch for a while. Are the donuts working well on the new tower?

    ACM - Looking forward to seeing those videos. My guess is that, if it's been as chilly up there as it has been here, you haven't gotten to "Spring Projects" yet!

    I seem to recall that Bones had a new engine coming that may have had donut lines on it, too. Perhaps he can chime in here.

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    Blitz,

    Nice to hear from you. Towers not here yet - its at tool mounting at the dealer thru next week. The hose load should be fine - they made the tub a little oversize from what we wanted so there is actually room for 250' if we want or a 50' roll of 2 1/2" then the 200' 1 3/4" . Still discussing the options

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    I'll expect pictures once it's done! I did appreciate the drawing a while back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlitzfireSolo View Post
    Box Alarm - what's the status of your new rig? Is it in production?
    We wish!! The specs have been completed for months, but we're still waiting for the county's board of supervisors to release the money. Very frustrating, as you can imagine.

    The donut rolls are still a source of debate amongst the members, with many of them waiting for the load not to work so they can say "I told you so...". I'll prove 'em wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post

    The donut rolls are still a source of debate amongst the members, with many of them waiting for the load not to work so they can say "I told you so...". I'll prove 'em wrong.

    Thanks for asking!
    Same skepticism here before the engine arrived, now we have a building full of advocates. I'm confident you will prove the naysayers wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBLGFD View Post
    Blitz,

    Nice to hear from you. Towers not here yet - it at tool mounting at the dealer thru next week. The hose load should be fine - they made the tub a little oversize from what we wanted so there is actually room for 250' if we want or a 50' roll of 2 1/2" then the 200' 1 3/4" . Still discussing the options

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