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    Default LA City crosslays

    Does anyone know about LA City's (or any of anumber of west coast depts) crosslays...They always seem to have a huge crosslay or two on every pumper. Some are packed with hose on edge. Anyone know hose length, size, etc., Can it be pulled from either side?

    Would like to hear from anyone else, too, esp if you dont use a single pair of 150-200' 1.5-1.75 crosslays packed in a 'minuteman' load. Would like to hear from those of you who dont use crosslays at all.

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    S. Cook
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    Not sure what a minute man load is. We might use it, just call it something else.

    We use the tri-fold load on our lines. It allows us to get all of the hose out of the rig in roughly 1/3 of the total hose length. We used to use a stacked flat lay on the lines, but on the shorter pulls, the line didn't always get pulled all the way out.

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    We use a similar crosslay on our pumpers. We call it a triple flat pack. Takes a little longer to pack but you can pull the enire length out in one pull. I grew up on minute man packs but this is quicker and takes less to deploy.

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    I'm personally a fan of the triple load.
    The minute man load I speak of would be 100' laid flat, with the nozzle laid next and the nozzle section laid flat on top of (or next to) the first 100'. Connect the two sections. When you pull the line, you pull the nozzle section off and carry it on your shoulder. The base 100' plays out. You then 'lay in' with the hose on your shoulder. If you get where you're going before you drop all the hose, you have to flake it back. If you dont get where you are going, you needed more hose.

    Has anyone tried shoulder loading a triple fold?

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    We also load all cross lays with 200' tri-fold loads, with nozzel positioned on alternate sides, thus first line can always be grabbed by the nozzle.

    Our trucks do not have booster reels, thus we have 100' MVA lines setup on all pumpers. If so equipped, this is a front bumper line, and on pumpers without extended bumpers, it is strapped on to the dirvers side sideboard, with seat belt like straps.

    Our pumper/tankers also have a nurse line of 3" hose with quick couplings strapped on the passanger side sideboard for quick water supply to first in pumper in our areas without hydrants. All neighboring departments are setup with similiar lines, and quick couplings on the pump 2.5" suction connection.

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    K A
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    LA City uses three beds on their transverse lays(cross lays). None are preconnected. They are 400 to 600 feet each of A. 1" B. 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" and 2 1/2". There are three gated discharges on each side under the beds to hook the lines to when needed. Kind of a make your own atack line as needed arrangment.

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