01-21-2004, 10:46 PM #1
- Join Date
- Dec 1999
- Westchester County, N.Y.
Lightweight hose for high-rise ops
Our department is considering the purchase of lightweight 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch hose for high-rise operations.
The two brands under consideration are Key rubber covered and Niedner fabric hose.
Does anyone have any experience with either of these products??
Your feedback would be appreciated, thanks.
01-21-2004, 11:02 PM #2
We just put Niedner 2" inservice in our high rise packs. In addition to the lite weight hose, we split the packs into two parts to divide the load between firefighters.
Each pack has one 100' section of hose. We switched to the 100' sections from the standard 50' to reduce the number of couplings which further reduces the weight. One pack has the nozzle (lite weight 75 psi TFT combination). We then use an old rope bag to carry a 10' section of 3" hose, a lite weight gated wye, spanners and wedges. Not only is it easy to carry, but we get more gpm from the 2".
Have only had this set up since November but the guys like it. It sure beats our old set up which was 150' 1 3/4" hose and all the equipment now in the bag, all in a single pack.
Not sure if your staffing would allow it but if so the split packs are the way to go.
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