A lot of engine companies out there utilize the “triple layer load”. It is a great hose load for low man power as 1 firefighter can deploy the entire cross lay in about 65 feet, and have the working coupling right beside them.
I never liked the fact that it was difficult to pack, or that it was difficult to deploy in small areas (minimal set back, interstate). At FDIC 2012 I took Kurt Isaacson’s class and was exposed to his website www.countyfiretactics.com and say a video called the triple split. I was unable to get that video but have found a video just as good below (the first part is an instructional video on the triple layer, and how to pack it, the later part is the triple split)[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80aTrLs7AJY&w=560&h=315]
This technique will allow you to deploy your triple layer cross lay in a space where you do not have the ability to stretch out from the truck. It just adds to what I thought was once a one trick pony hose load to a more useful, and versatile hose load.
If you’re utilizing this hose load go out and give this a try, I do not think you will be disappointed. If you are not the beginning portion of the video will give you some instruction on pulling and packing so you can see if it is right for you and your district.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!