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Published on Oct 18, 2006

Go to http://www.hftfire.com The video, as "unrealistic" as it may appear, is simply an educational tool to present and demonstrate under extreme conditions specific Laws of Physics to make a few very simple points regarding the deployment and advancement of attack- and heavy, cumbersome exposure-lines... and especially during "unique" incident conditions:

(1) Virtually any right angle turns during the "dry" hose deployment phase become irrelevant/non-issue in the same manner as deploying a "Minute Man" or similar load. Though I have always been an advocate for the superior characteristics of the "Triple Fold" configuration, we must all admit it, like all "long-tail" hose loads that force us to lay a section of hose behind our "start line," are difficult at best when circumventing multiple "turns" as I illustrated in a truly "unrealistic" manner around a parked vehicle and then the post between two (2) open bay doors to compare to any "abnormal" conditions (please use your imagination here) that may unexpectedly present themselves as a firefighter may then have a choice to traverse beyond said obstacle(s) before a line "must" be charged when adequate space may not otherwise be available for other "conventional" loads.

(2) Secondly, as there are many advantages of a full shoulder load as described above, it too cannot be "flaked out" within a limited area in literal seconds without the necessary procedures which typically includes abandoning the nozzle to arrange and then re-arrange again the hose in hopes to remove each bend (unavoidable kink "engineered" into literally every "folded" hose bundle) that meets or exceeds that specific minimum critical radius in which water will then flow unrestricted to the next "engineered" bend in the hose load before finally reaching the nozzle.

In literally every case the "Hoffy" load is "pre-coiled" to meet and/or exceed the "Minimum Inside Critical Diameter" in order for literally every fire hose up to 1 ¾" to function in the same manner a fully charged garden hose does for even a small child to operate at 100% nozzle pressure... literally at the water source... without ever deploying an inch of hose... Ever! The example I chose to illustrate these specific Laws of Physics is the unfortunate USFS engine that was severely "burned over" as it appears it's crew members neither had the time nor the space to deploy any pre-connected "protective" lines when this "spot fire" was perhaps first recognized and therefore may still have been small enough to mitigate by the means of additional resources (multiple attack lines) that might have been available if other "protective measures" were already in place.

I am not trying to be redundant as I pursue every response, I am only trying to demonstrate a few specific laws of physics and another alternative as we establish we only fight fire with hard, round, and rigid fire hose that just happens to be flat literally moments before we step into action. In the same way we all know what happens when we fold a garden hose, I am merely trying to present we are not so much in the business of finding perhaps the best way to "engineer unavoidable water restrictive kinks" ("storage by means of folding") into our hose as we load each "pre-connect" and hose bundle on our apparatus, and not only for those within our communities whom count on us to be prepared to most effectively save lives and property, but to perhaps, with a little familiarization and training, protect ourselves more effectively as we utilize every law of physics to better prepare each length that guards us from imminent danger that facilitates both immediate deployment and ease of advancement when our man-power may be compromised and seconds truly count.

I always welcome and appreciate every comment, both positive and negative, you feel is important regarding any measure but especially something that may present radical change, but please remember, when many of us as I were first trained on the proper use of "smoke ejectors," not only did we discover we didn't have to lift and invent some new and improved way to hang and shield these monsters more safely in a door way but we only missed pointing them in the correct direction by 180 degrees! No change there!

Come on guys and gals, this is the third millennium... we're the high tech generation! Can open your mind just a little this direction?

Again, to see the actual device that not only rolls and then prepares hose for immediate deployment, but also functions as a SAFE hand operated rope rescue winch, please go to: www.hoseroller.us

I am all ears!

Rich "Hoffy" Hoffmann
Fire Captain/Peace Officer (med-ret. "Pig 'n HEAT!")

P.S. I am honored a Fire Chief who's a Forum member of www.firehouse.com felt compelled to commence and continue this dialog.

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