Incorporating reflective materials into fire hose
Has anyone heard of firehose with some sort of reflective material incorporated into it? I would think that when struck by a firefighter's flashlight that this would help them find the hose and to help them get out of a building if they became separated from the hose.
Alternatively, with some of the advancements they're making in LEDs, how about incorporating a string of LED lights into the hose?
Am I nuts?
A little off-topic, but...
(*Hey. New guy to firehouse forums here. Haven't yet figured out how to start a new thread.)
...still related to the use of fire hose for firefighter self-rescue.
I have been thinking recently about a possible application of traditional, prussic-based rope ascension technique in the event of a floor collapse landing a ff in the basement. What-if, assuming the charged line follows the ff into the basement, the ff tied two prussic-hitches using rescue webbing around the hose, one for a foot-loop, the other to be attatched to the ff's rescue or SCBA harness. Wouldn't this be an effective method for an uninjured ff to self-rescue from the basement. I have not been able to find any eveidence of this method being used. I'm sure it would need some fine tuning, but I think it could work. Thoughts?
Reflective materials in hose couplings
Just to expand on the topic of using reflective materials in hoses, Mercedes Textiles promotes a special house coupling that includes highly-reflective arrows to assist firefighters in quickly finding the way out by looking at a coupling (even in very low-light situations). See demo...
Originally Posted by auxman