Take a look at a variety of loads by checking out things like Youtube, etc. Practice with them, deploy them, and see what works the best for your dept.....makes for a good training and gives people a chance to give their opinion rather than having an implemented change just because.
I was wondering the same thing about 8 months ago and we also packed and played with the cleveland load. It was well recieved by all, easy to pack and faster to deploy.You will have to see if it will work for your applications and if your people like it. It is definatly worth your time to give it a go.
You have to consider the following: Staffing: how many on your first engine, or how many per engine. Response time, and type of construction. The type of load you carry is only part of the equation. The hose load may be effective as far as deployment goes, but if it is ineffective in the other areas, it won't matter.
Usually, unless you are gifted with excellent staffing and multiple companies on the first alarm arriving within a minute or three of each other, you need to make sure you have the most gpm available that you can. And if most of your firefighters are not in decent physical condition, you end up depending upon those few who are to be on the engine and carry the entire load alone.
How far up you have to go? How many flights? try using individual lengths. Each member takes a 50' section, folded to drape over the SCBA cylinder, leaving the hands free, and reducing the weight.
Here is a newer style of hose bundle. It has been adopted by my department.
Regardless of what your dept. picks everybody must train with it. Don't open the thing during annual hose testing then repack it never to see it again until next year......
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