There will come a time in your career, regardless of what pre-connected hose load you use, that you will run out of room when trying to make the stretch to your entry point and have hose left on your shoulder that needs to be dealt with. We definitely could continue walking down the street, walk way over into the neighbor’s yard, or back track and let the hose pay off the top of our shoulder, but that takes time, and time is not on our side in this business. The best water; is fast water, so the quickest we get that hose off our shoulder and call for water; the quicker we can make entry and make a push on the fire to protect lives and property and search for life off the line. Now, there are multiple hose loads out there that departments use, and some hose loads are district dependent. This means that that district uses a different pre-connected hose load than a neighboring district, even though they’re within the same department. This is usually determined by what structures are within their first due and what works best time wise for that particular company to get water on the fire. The minute-man load and the triple layer load, in my opinion, are two of the most widely used and easiest to deploy. They were designed to aid firefighters in ease of deployment, and also help manpower wise, because both loads are very management and deployable by a single firefighter. I am most familiar with the minute-man load, and converting it when needed, so that’s what the video will cover.
I won’t go in to much detail in text, because I cover the bases in the video, but the Cleveland load works very well off of gated wye’s lines for garden-style apartment complex fires, duplex or row houses that share a common courtyard and where the fire may be at the end of the row and the wye’s line is being laid again. The firefighters can attach their Cleveland load to the end of the wye’s line and charge it whenever they deem necessary and begin fire attack.
In the following video I take a look at how the minute-man load can be converted to a Cleveland load. If you aren’t familiar with the Cleveland load, do a little bit of self-study and check it out. You can learn how to pre-package it through other instructional videos and learn how it works. It’s one of my favorites, and converting the remaining amount of shouldered hose from a minute-man load can easily be done when needed, and will be a life saver of time and effort.
I learned that OKC runs a pre-packaged Cleveland load as their pre-connected line; which some departments do indeed do. OKC calls theirs the “pro-load” and 150’ is Cleveland loaded into the coil, and 50 foot is flat loaded in the bed. There was an aerial video of a fire a couple weeks ago that caused this instructional video, and a couple guys explained to me what OKC actually does through my Facebook page, First-In FireFighter.
I learned something new about OKC, and actually learned a new name for the load as well, the “pro-load”. That seems like a fitting name, because it can make you look like a pro when you need it the most.
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