Getting air out of fire hose for re-load. How?
How do you get air out of hose when you are getting ready to re-load hose?
Flush the foam out of the hose with clear water.
You DO use foam, don't you?
Blow the water out of the hose with the onboard CAFS compressor.
You DO have CAFS, don't you?
Then everybody takes every hose section apart at the coupler to try to get the last few dribbles of water out of the hose. They end up dragging the couplers in the dirt and maybe getting gravel inside the hose. I cringe every time I see it.
Then they have a handheld hose roller that they regularly forgot to put onto the hose at the truck to try to smash the hose flat to get all the air out so the hose will lay into the hose bed.
Hopefully they have the nozzle ready or somebody remembers to keep the end of the hose kinked over to keep the air out.
Is there a better way?
Do we need to run the hoses out to get a few more dribbles of water out?
Isn't there an easier way to get the air out of the hose?
It seems like there should be a way or method of connecting the draft vacuum onto the hose and just suck it flat and should be done.
Am I missing something?