Hey guys I work for a fire district in Arizona and have a question. We have our cross lays in trays that slide into our apparatus and the discharge is above the lay. Right now we use a triple load but sometimes we experience a little trouble deploying it due to the triple load getting snagged in the tight space. Is there anyone out there who does their cross lays different that might make for easier deployment?
My department runs a mid mount tower out first due for suppression and investigations. The cross lays are under the main and in a tight space. We run a minute man load on all three preconnected lines ( two 13/4 and one deuce and a half).
I used to work in Tucson, and we did the triple load as well. At my new department, we also have the sliding trays and load a 200' line, with 100' side by side. The first hundred is just a shoulder load, and the second hundred is a slide load, so it pulls off all at once behind you, as you shoulder the nozzle-side load and walk away. It's worked great for us, doing either nozzle forward or nozzle reverse, as well as being able to do a coil method, which isn't possible with a triple-fold.
***(Looked at the minuteman, and we basically run a variation. If we want to deploy a line to the side opposite of the one it's loaded on, we just pull the entire tray out and drop it on the ground before deploying...)
we also have the pull out trays and we use flat loads which have never been a problem