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Did some looking and I can't put an exact answer together. What is the advantage or disadvantage to leaving the terminal end of your supply hose hang out of the back of your bed with the rest of the load on top of it. Is it tactal in some way or is it just a preferance.

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You can say it is both; for me it is an advantage to have the loop end 1/3 of the stacked hose (depending on the length and hose load) for ease retrieval, and better displacement. But some people dont understand the benefit behind because they either only know one load (flat load) or never did they learned the proper methodology behind the skill. Look it up brother, either in text books, You tube, etc., and you will clear your thoughts, and help others understanding this important skill. Be safe.

Before large diameter hose, most engine companies had two hose bays of 2 1/2" or 3" hose for supply lines.  This allowed the company to lay dual supply lines at the same time.  The bottom of each bay had a coupling hanging out the bottom in the event they lay was going to exceed the available amount of hose in one bay, a firefighter could take the coupling from the top of the 2nd bay and connect it to the coupling on the bottom of the hose bay being used to make a single longer lay.  Now most engine companies only have one hose bay of large diameter hose, so unless they are going to complete a lay with smaller diameter hose, it doesn't do anything for you.

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