What hose loads do guys use on the trucks.  We use flat load.

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5 inch supply hose is all flat loaded with all the couplings loaded in the front of the bed.

3 inch hose is flat loaded with ears at 100 feet,

2 inch hose is flat loaded with ears at the second layer and then at 100 feet. 

Our 5" is a flat load, 3" is a flat load, 2.5" pre-connect is a flat load and the 1.75" crosslays are triple-layer loads.

flat load in the hose beds, triple in the speed lays 

Flat load with a straight finish. Connected from a split bed of 3.5 in hose.

All flat lay.

All of our hoseloads are flat loads.

5" and 2.5" supply is flat load. One 1.75 100' flat load in the front bumper. 2, 1.75" crosslay and 1, 2.5" crosslay are triple (speed) load. 

All of ours are flat lay.   Did some practice in class with the triple lay and its much much faster to get the hose out.  Not sure how we our dept could make that work for our attack lines.  We have 2 1.75 preconnects right now both single lay.  But the only way I have seen to do triples lay is in one row where ours now is 2 rows wide.  Im sure its and easy solution but for some reason my brain wont work.  How would you do a triple lay 2 rows wide?  Or is it even possible?

4"-flat load w/ the 1st 50' length to come off is in a horseshoe.

2 1/2"  flat load w/ 2 - 50' horse shoes stacked on top of the flat load

1 3/4" - 200' preconnects, 150' is flat load w/ the 1st 50' w/ the nozzle in a horse shoe

All hose loads no matter on the size or purpose are rebedded in the same fashion to simplify the rebedding and leading out process.

Same way you do a flat load alternate layers back and forth to fill the box, or you can do one single stack and then another single stack along side of it in the box.


Having said that I immensely dislike the triple fold load.  It is a royal pain to load and unless you are going straight off the hose bed it isn't the easiest to unload with a single firefighter.


I think 2 things should go into planning pre-connect beds. 1) Look at your area and determine the most commonly needed length and set that up, and if the space is available add one longer for those rare occasions. 2)  Make it unlaodable and deployable by a single firefighter. 

The truck we used in class has the attack lines come off the back like most trucks do with LDH.  They had 300' of 1.75 next to 200' of 2.5 single lay.  We could unload the 1.75 in a fraction of time.  That was the main reason I liked it was the speed.  Loading sucked because we had to do it in the bay without room to lay out the entire line in a straight run space becomes an issue.  Each lay has its ups and its downs.  Our dept likes the flat lays so that is all we do.

On all 3 engines we use flat lays for supply lines and attack lines

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