Fire Hose


4.1 The Roll Method:

In this method, the hose is laid out flat on the ground and a start is made at the female coupling. The coupling is doubled down on the hose which is then rolled up until the father end is reached. The hose strap is finally passed through the center of the hose and secured about 6 ins (150mm) behind the outer coupling. The fire hose winder can be used for this purpose.

The rolled hose is normally to be preferred since with instantaneous coupling, the female coupling may be held with both hands and the hose then rotates as it is run out.

4.2 Dutch Roll (or roll on the bight):

The hose should be laid out flat on the ground and the female coupling should be drawn back along with the hose towards the other end so that the female coupling lies on top of the hose and about 3 feet (1mm) short of the male coupling. After the upper layer has been arranged exactly over the lower layer, the hose is rolled up from the bight so that the coupling comes together on the outside of the roll. All the hoses rolling methods are to increase the life and efficiency of hoses.

4.3 Flaking:

In this method, the hose is doubled back and forward on itself and is subsequently secured at the center of the folds. Its principal advantage is that it permits running out as fast as a man can move, but the flaked hose is subject to the risk of serious damage due to dragging, particularly over broken glass. This may, to a considerable extent, be obviated by carrying the hose on the shoulder and it to pay out as the man moves away.

4.4 Figure of Eight:

This Is a variation of flaking but it avoids the sharp ends. As the name implies, it is wound in a figure of eight patterns over two bollards. Its chief advantage is that it avoids the tight bends of flaking and the hose can be run out equally well, on the other hand, it takes up considerably more room. This method is undoubtedly the best for storing rubber-lined hoses.

5. Characteristics of Hose:

The main characteristics essential for a good Fire Fighting hose are;

5.1 Flexibility:

The hose must be sufficiently flexible to enable it to be handled easily and without kinking when in use and for it to be made up into a smooth roll either wet or dry.

5.2 Durability:

The durability and wearing qualities must be as high as


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