January 7, 2010
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Roundabout Hose Load Invented by Carmel Fire Crew
Carmel, IN – The Carmel Fire Department (CFD) continues to look at ways to improve a new way to load hose onto the fire truck that is more efficient to load and unload than previous methods. Station 44 B crew experimented with the Cleveland High-Rise Pack, a hose load used in high rise buildings and adapted it for use as a crosslay, a hose load used on the fire truck. This concept was tested several times and evolved into what is now known as the Roundabout Hose Load. The load was named after the shape of the hose load and after the fact that Carmel now has numerous roundabout intersections.
With the proper training, this hose load is quicker and easier to load and deploy than almost any other hose load out there. The Roundabout Hose Load needs minimal straightening to get out folds and bends, will not get caught up in the front yard on trees and bushes, and is easier to advance into a structure. It is believed that no other department has ever used this type of hose load as a crosslay before Station 44 B crew developed it. Two videos were made and placed on YouTube which demonstrate this hose load. To date, the videos have over 5,000 views.
Several fire departments across the nation have contacted CFD for more information about the Roundabout Hose load. Roundabout Hose Load training sessions with CFD Station 44’s crew have already been conducted with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD). Likewise, CFD Station 44’s crew has launched the Roundabout as a new hose load to be taught with the J. Everett Light firefighting program. Departments in the states of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, including the IFD, are now using the Roundabout Hose Load.