The Sunday Preach:
The preconnect... are you handcuffed?
Most engine companies have several preconnected attack lines and "the invention of this hoseload allows for quick racking and deploying and can greatly assist in limited staffing departments."
As they lay in rest on your engine in a preconnected fashion, they are a fixed length "...the implementation of the preconnected hoseline provided a safety blanket that firefighters could rest under, assuming that all fires would be within this distance." (Page 185).
Engine companies must be prepared, practiced and anticipate the need to have longer length lines. They need to be able to have multiple options in the creation of attack hoselines that are longer than their longest crosslay or preconnected line.
Do you have options at your disposal? How will you add length to your attack lines if needed... remember, the average size of the residential dwelling has significantly grown. According to the Census Bureau; today’s new homes are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, and the living space per person has doubled over last 40 years.
Having a crosslay's at 200' and 250'... may not give you the coverage it once did.