When packed, the Cleveland Hose Load is a bundle of hose with two ends and to a fire fighter who isn’t regurarly exposed to the packing and deployment of the load, it’s possible that the nozzle can be pre-connected to the incorrect end (water in end).
It is then possible that the fire fighter who is deploying the load at an incident will not realise the initial error and connect the end that doesn’t have a nozzle.
If the Cleveland Hose Load is deployed from the outside-in, it will still charge however it absolutely will not advance beyond a few steps.
Take these steps to avoid filling the Cleveland Hose Load backwards:
- ALWAYS start coiling with the nozzle end. If your Department uses couplings that are male/female and you start coiling at the nozzle end- then you’re good to go as you cannot connect the nozzle to the wrong end.
- If you’re Department uses androgenous (Stortz etc) couplings you can coil as normal and place the load into the pack.
- When you go to attach the nozzle- take special care to check that the end you’re connecting it enters the hose bundle in the centre and not the edge