Know Hose Bed Size

Knowing the size of the hose bed allows you to easily grab the right number of folds.

Knowing the size of the hose bed allows you to easily grab the right number of folds.

By FD Hacks

You can probably picture it as clearly as we can: pulling up to a fire and a firefighter with tunnel vision has lost their cool and is dumping fire hose out on the ground into a pile. This is a problem. How much hose was just pulled? Is it enough to reach the location of the fire? Was it the right crosslay? Pulling excess hose unnecessarily isn’t helpful either. It is unneeded hose line to manage, more to flake out and watch for kinks, and extra hose to clean and repack.

To prevent this, familiarize yourself with the size of your apparatus hose bed and know how much hose you have stored. For example, if you need 100 feet of 21/2-inch hose line and know the bed is 10 feet deep, you know you need to pull ten lengths. You’ll grab five folds of hose and unload.

For pre-connected hose lines, like your crosslay ready for attack, post the length of hose for each hose bed. This reduces the extra thought-work and helps the firefighter grab the appropriate length of hose for the job at hand.

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Each crosslay hose length is clearly labeled.

Each crosslay hose length is clearly labeled.

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Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. You must always consider your own personal safety, department policies, and procedures. Always wear full PPE.