Has anyone had any safety issues "wrapping" the hydrant with the hose?
All LAFD Engine Companies carry a minimum of 750' of 4" hose and are connected to a 4 Way Valve which allows a second engine company to connect to the same hydrant as the first Engine and increase the volume and pressure without interrupting the flow of water to the first engine. This is very useful for Highrise fires, Large Commercials, and heavy streams. We forward lay 99% of the time. The hydrant member is left at the hydrant. He/She has a hydrant spanner, adjustable hydrant spanner and a anti-theft hydrant spanner (if these caps are in your first-in). If the Engine is close to a Hydrant we will use a 12' or 25' 4" Bypass to connect to the hydrant. All of our Firefighting companies have street maps showing the hydrant locations, hydrant type and main sizes. These maps prevent companies from laying from a corner hydrant when their are mid-block hydrants or closer hydrants on the street. We have 100 Engine Companies, 53 Companies are Single Engines and 47 are housed with Truck Companies. The 47 double houses have a 2nd fully equipped Engine Company that is married with the Truck Company which is known as a Light Force. That second Engine is staffed with only and Engineer- if his engine is not needed at the fire he is the 6th man on the truck. These double houses are known as TaskForce Houses. If the lightforce responses alone the Insideman from the truck rides on the 2nd Engine, which gives that Engine a firefighter to lay the line. This configuration allows the Truck Companies the ability to fight fire. The Trucks primary responsibility is truckwork, but can go both ways. When a structure fire is reported the two piece engines companies work to together. Some companies use slings or wrap the hydrant ( if the 2 piece gets seperated), other companies will break the 4 way and stub the duals of the 2nd engine, I've seen the 2nd Engine backdown the street and lay reverse, and I've seen the engines approach from different directions. It is Incident Driven. Our light force Engines are fully Staffed during Major Emergencies in the City, giving us 149 Engine Companies. We have two truck houses that have the lightforce configuration. These are the 48 and 49th trucks. Our operation is different from most department throughout the country and I hope the Taskforce and Lightforce explanation gives you some insight into our operation.