Crosslay or Pre-Connect Hose Beds
In Canada most FD's have the following configurations (Yes we get Summer too sometimes..)
Trashline 100'-200' of 1-1/2" or 1-3/4"
Crosslays 100'-200' of 1-1/2" or 1-3/4"
200' of 2-1/2" for a Blitz Line
Rear 200-300' of 1-1/2" or 1-3/4" with one each side or two each side
Rear 400-600' of 1-1/2" or 1-3/4" for longer lays that can be broken
and then attached to a rear of body face (below hosebed) port
We are seeing some FD's going with a Booster Reel in either the Dunnage area above the pump or in the Tailboard Compartment with a lightweight 1" or 1-1/2" hose (Niedner REELTEX) that is lighter and easier to use and can flow more than the traditional rubber hose. Riverside County CA FD has 60 Smeal MF (Multi-Functional) Engines with this configuration and seems to work really well for both grass fires and car accidents etc.