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Standard Method for Packing Hose
Updated On: Jul 15, 2010
 

NORWALK FIRE DEPARTMENT
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
 
SOP:        2.004 
TYPE:      Operations                                                                                                            
TITLE:      Standard Method for packing hose 
DATE:      October 15, 2009  
   
 

Purpose:
 
Establish a standard method of loading hose beds in the Norwalk Fire Department.
 
Procedure:
 
For pre-connect cross lays:
 
Firefighter assignments:
One (1) firefighter on top of cross lays
One (1) firefighter on each side of the cross lays
One (1) firefighter feeding the hose
 
All bends will line up with the edge of cross lay bed, with the exception of the “rabbit ears.”
 
The “rabbit ears” or “loops” will be placed only on the side having a discharge.
 
On Engines that have a center discharge, the loops will be placed on both sides of all cross lays.
 
On 200 foot pre-connects, an approximately 6 inch rabbit ear (loop) will be placed on every third row/bend.
 
Loops will allow a location for both the nozzle man and hydrant man to grab the hose when pulling it of the truck.
 
The nozzle man will have approximately sixty (60) feet of hose on his arm/shoulder when grabbing this loop.
 
On the 250 foot pre connect, an approximately six (6) inch rabbit ear (loop) will be placed on every fourth row/bend.
 
Loops will allow a location for both nozzle man and the hydrant man to grab the hose when pulling it off the truck.
 
The nozzle man will have approximately sixty (60) feet of hose on his arm/shoulder when grabbing this loop.
 
 
Key Points to Remember:
Repacking the cross lays is best performed by thee (3) firefighters.
Pre-connect hose packs start on the right side of each cross lay bed.
Hose bends are to line up with edge of cross lay bed.
“Rabbit ears” will be approximately six (6) inches long. Rabbit ears will be on the side with the discharge or on alternate sides for apparatus with center discharges.
200 foot pre-connects have ears every third row.
250 foot pre-connects have rabbit ears every fourth row.
Truck 1 (quint) will use a straight load for the pre connects.
 
For 4 (or 5) Inch supply line on Engines:
 
Firefighter assignments:
            At least one (1) firefighter on top of the hose bed.
            One (1) firefighter on the tailboard
            At least one (1) firefighter on the ground.
 
All hose packs will start on the right (officer’s) side of the hose bed.
 
The first row of bends will line up approximately eight (8) inches from the edge of the hose bed, creating a step.
 
Starting with the second row, hose should be offset by approximately four (4) to six (6) inches every other row, allowing the bends to sit cleanly on the bed without rising up.
 
Hose should be packed neatly and in a straight line.
 
Key points to remember:
Repacking the hose bed is best performed by three or more firefighters.
Hose packing should start on the right side of the bed.
The first row should start approximately 8 inches back from the edge of the hose bed.
Starting with the second row, hose should be offset by 4-6 inches every other row.
 
2 ½” hose beds
Hose beds vary, due to layout of each vehicle. Hose load should be noted before stretching lines and re-packed in the same manner after testing or use.
 
4” hose on the Truck companies
Also varies and should be replaced in the same manner it was put on previously.
 
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