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    Hello and nice to meet you.

    My name is Jennifer and I am a vol firefighter with the Bendigo Fire Brigade, situated in central Victoria. I have been a member of my Brigade for four years and I have Wildfire and Structural Firefighting qualifications. Wishing you all the best.
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    Welcome Jennifer.

    We can be a wild bunch here at FH.com but there is always a chance to share and learn form others in the firefighting world.
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    I have a standard question for all Aussies I come across. What is the fastest time that you can successfully melon roll a hose? My best time is about four mins. Pretty poor when you consider the Canadians and Australians that showed us can do it in under two!
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    I like the training drills and the video's, and the chance to say hi to you in Rural Wisconsin. Do you attempt the monthly quiz?

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    Conrad427,


    Do you mean rolling hose on the bight? We mainly use a choice of 38mm, or a 64mm diameter hose with a 30 metre length. Name your poison and I shall post my best time.



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    I'm not sure exactly. I will describe the process and see if it is the same. First you make a center length of the hose about the length of your forearm called the "bone". Then you start rolling around the bone and when you are done the roll looks like a melon. We were showed with 1.5 inch or 38mm. These were forestry guys from Canada and a fellow named Robert Munday from Australia who taught us.
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    Hello Conrad427,

    I'm not sure it is the same as what we normally do. We lay the hose out straight, drain, halve the length by aligning the couplings, and then we make a fold (150mm bight) at the centre fold. We fold this bight in half again and then roll the two layers of hose into a coil.
    What I understand from what you have said, is that the centre length is about 20cm (bone) and then the hose is rolled around the bone. Is the rolling strategy best from a standing position or crouching on the ground by the way. And i guess that you will bowl the hose out from the Melon Roll.


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    Cant help you with the melon roll as we don't use it in our fire service. Firehouse sure is a great resource and I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and share about emergency situations. I am a school teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macka View Post
    I like the training drills and the video's, and the chance to say hi to you in Rural Wisconsin. Do you attempt the monthly quiz?

    Jen
    As for the quizzes, I will do them on occasion but I am by no means a regular.
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    Hello and Welcome to the forum

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    Thanks,

    I asked about the quiz because it looked really hard, but i answered all the questions and I passed and did much better than I thought I would.

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