Many deparments have many types of loads for their preconnects.  We use the simple triple lay but I'm a fan of the modified minute man.  What is yours?

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We also use the triple lay for speed.
municipal we use the triple lay, industrial we use the flat load and the minuet man load due to the height of one of our rigs...
Would any of you believe that we don't use any pre-connected, shoulder-deployed hose loads in NSW? Totally foreign concept here.

In the Rural Fire Service, all of the hose is stored rolled. We rock up to the scene, unroll however many lengths we need, and go to work.

There are reasons for carrying hose this way (locker space, small apparatus, safety) but it takes a bit of getting used to!
We use a flat load,but offset our dogears which allows for a cleaner lay by even one ff.
My dept. uses the flat load. I like the tripple, but i've never tryed the minute man, I havn't heard of the modified minute man.
We modified the triple lay to put the nozzle in the center of the lay. Basically instead of making the traditional "S" that the triple lay forms, we just ran the nozzle between both hoses. For a while there was the problem of FF's just grabbing the nozzle and taking off leaving a pile of spaghetti at the rig. This way it forced them to grab all the hose and pull it all out. Not so much a problem anymore but we just got into the habit of doing it that way and it's stuck. It also helps keeps the nozzle a little protected and prevents the bail from catching on anything while pulling it out of the speedlays.
We use the traditional flat load. Not that many fires here to try other loads.
That's what training is for. The fire ground is not the place to try new ideas and techniques.
I was thinking the same thing. If the fire ground is the only time that you pull lines then you have bigger issues to worry about.
My Dept. uses minute man on all preconnects
A common modified version of the Minuteman load is a 200-foot preconnect with the bottom 100 feet in a flat load and the top 100 feet in a Minuteman. That lets the nozzleman carry the Minuteman while dragging the flat load. When the flat load is completely stretched, the Minuteman still gives you 100 feet of working line past the point where the flat loaded hose ends.
We use flat on our structure appratus and many combinations on all of the apparatus used in support rolls.

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