2An Introduction To Hose Loads There are many different types of hose loads available. The most common hose load is the flat load, pictured below on 2522.Advantages:FamiliarityEasy to loadDisadvantages:Can lead to messy stretches
3An Introduction To Hose Loads Here are some other common loads used by the fire service.The triple load is folded by taking the entire length of hose and folding it into thirds on top of each other. This is then folded into an ‘S’ shape and placed back on hose bed.Triple LoadAdvantages:Smooth deploymentDisadvantages:Can only be deployed from one side
4An Introduction To Hose Loads Here are some other common loads used by the fire service.Minuteman LoadComplicated hose to loadOnly deploys from one endNeed to deploy the entire hose before use
5An Introduction To Hose Loads The Cleveland LoadSome departments use this load instead of either of the previously mentioned loads as their primary attack linesOur use will be primarily for theapartment packOther uses include yard lays, where alarger diameter hose is stretched into ayard and broken down to a smaller hosewith a gate valveInside larger warehouses with open floorplans
6An Introduction To Hose Loads The Cleveland LoadConcepts behind the use of the Cleveland LoadCompact. The load stays in place and does not cause a lot of ‘spaghetti’ in front of the house/structure.Use as much or as little hose as needed.It allows another firefighter to carry the bag with the other supplies for the apartment pack instead of one firefighter carrying everything
7Folding The Cleveland Load How to fold the loadYou will use the 150’ 1 ¾” apartment pack with the 7/8” tip.Ideally, you will need a smooth service, like the bay floor, to fold the load.One firefighter can fold the load, but using two is much easier
8Folding The Cleveland Load Lay out the hose with the male end folded in about halfway. The length should be about 6 feet.
9Folding The Cleveland Load Start folding the hose back and forth, passing it from firefighter to firefighter
10Folding The Cleveland Load Continue to fold over the hose
11Folding The Cleveland Load Once the hose is rolled, attach the nozzle.
12Folding The Cleveland Load Ideally, we would use fabric cot straps to secure the hose together to keep the nozzle in the roll and secure the female end of the line. For now, we have the Milwaukee Strap
13Folding The Cleveland Load This is the finished product.
14Folding The Cleveland Load The load can now be carried to wherever it is to be deployed.Another firefighter should carry the rest of the kit
15Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load We have the line attached to 2521 to simulate connection to a standpipe.
16Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load Remember that this is supposed to be taking place in a stairwell. We drop the load on the ground on the floor below the fire which is where we are making our connection.
17Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load The next step is a key step. The load needs to be stretched open in order for the hose to charge properly.
18Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load The firefighters advancing the line should take out the first few feet before the line is charged.
19Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load Communication between the pump operator and attack team is important. At this point, the attack team states they are ready for water. DO NOT OPEN the nozzle until the entire line charges.
20Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load The line should be entirely charged before opening the nozzle. After it is charged, open the nozzle and bleed air. The pump operator needs to supply the line with about 120 psi in order for proper ‘inflation’. There will be a ‘popping’ of the line as it charges.
21Deploying The Load The Cleveland Load The line can now be stretched as needed with as much hose as needed.