This manual covers how to pack, deploy and apply the Attack and Lay Packs.
The following is a very brief overview of how we got to this point.
First Bag – The Attack Pack
Since 2009 QLFA worked very hard to design the Attack & Lay Packs. The instigation to develop these packs came after we saw the Cleveland Hose Load being used in the USA, then reading the subsequent comments detailing the short-falls of the load.
The main issue being that if it’s dropped, it will loose its form and tangle, as well as the other issues associated with forming a coil large enough to deploy without kinks but small enough to be easily stored and transported.
So we set out to make a bag to hold the pre-coiled Cleveland Hose Load and over time the design of the Attack Pack progressed.
Second Bag – the Lay Pack
The Lay Pack was first made in 2010, we were finding that the Cleveland Hose Load was deploying perfectly however it was often too far from the entry point and after working with Queensland’s Fire and Rescue department who carry two lengths of hose into all incidents, we decided a second bag was required in order to provide a whole solution.
Fast forward to early 2015 we were experiencing reliable but not perfect deployment results with the Cleveland Hose Load pre-stored in the U configuration.
So following work with a Dutch fire fighter training company we made the H Lay- it’s wrapped the same way as the original coil however is compressed into an H.
We have also worked with fire fighters from all over the world to refine hose deployment tactics- these are not “our” techniques, we have just been lucky enough to liaise with fire fighting’s smartest minds and this is the result.